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fornicate

1 [fawr-ni-keyt]
verb (used without object), fornicated, fornicating.
to commit fornication.

Origin:
1545–55; < Late Latin fornicātus (past participle of fornicārī to consort with prostitutes), equivalent to Latin fornic- (stem of fornix) arch, vault, basement, brothel + -ātus -ate1

fornicator, noun
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fornicate1 (ˈfɔːnɪˌkeɪt)
 
vb
(intr) to indulge in or commit fornication
 
[C16: from Late Latin fornicārī, from Latin fornix vault, brothel situated therein]
 
'fornicator1
 
n

fornicate or fornicated2 (ˈfɔːnɪkɪt, -ˌkeɪt)
 
adj
biology arched or hoodlike in form
 
[C19: from Latin fornicātus arched, from fornix vault]
 
fornicated or fornicated2
 
adj
 
[C19: from Latin fornicātus arched, from fornix vault]

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fornicate
1550s, from L.L. fornicatus, pp. of fornicari (see fornication). Or perhaps in some cases a back formation from fornication. Related: Fornicated; fornicating.
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