• WordNet 3.6
    • n fornication extramarital sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with marriage relations "adultery is often cited as grounds for divorce"
    • n fornication voluntary sexual intercourse between persons not married to each other
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: There was a 19th century Native American tribal chief who went under the name, "Not Able to Fornicate."
    • Fornication (Script) Adultery.
    • Fornication (Script) Idolatry.
    • Fornication (Script) Incest.
    • Fornication Unlawful sexual intercourse on the part of an unmarried person; the act of such illicit sexual intercourse between a man and a woman as does not by law amount to adultery.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: An Athens legislator named Solon passed a law in the 6th century that let fathers sell their fornicating daughters into slavery.
    • n fornication An arching; the forming of a vault or convexity; a hollowing, vaulting, or arching over; a cameration.
    • n fornication The state of being fornicated or vaulted.
    • n fornication The act of illicit sexual intercourse on the part of an unmarried person with a person of the opposite sex, whether married or unmarried. It is a criminal offense in some jurisdictions. In Scriptural use the word is also applied to adultery, and figuratively to idolatry.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Fornication sexual intercourse between two unmarried persons, or an unmarried and married person:
    • ns Fornication (B.) adultery, and applied frequently by a figure to idolatry
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  • Charles Baudelaire
    “The more a man cultivates the arts the less he fornicates. A more and more apparent cleavage occurs between the spirit and the brute.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. fornication, L. fornicatio,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. fornix, an arch, brothel.


In literature:

Then said they to him, We be not born of fornication; we have one Father, even God.
"The King James Bible"
Vulcan was the "God of fornication" or of passion.
"The God-Idea of the Ancients" by Eliza Burt Gamble
If all the fornicators and adulterers in England were hanged by the neck till they be dead, John Bunyan would be still alive.
"The Life of John Bunyan" by Edmund Venables
Let us go fight yonder fornicating Chitterlings!
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
Such sins he usually calls by their proper names, as adultery, fornication, etc.
"Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians" by Martin Luther
All men will naturally commit fornication, as all men will naturally steal.
"Life of Johnson" by James Boswell
M'Leod started the subject of making women do penance in the church for fornication.
"Life Of Johnson, Volume 5" by Boswell
Men and women guilty of adultery, or even of fornication, are punished with death.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. I" by Robert Kerr
"The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love" by Emanuel Swedenborg
A slave is not admonished for incontinence, or punished for fornication or adultery; never prosecuted for bigamy.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Part 1 of 4" by American Anti-Slavery Society

In poetry:

And thus, adjusted to our lot,
Our kisses will be doubly hot—
Fornicating (like good machines)
We'll try the chances of our genes.
"War Resisters' Song" by Thomas McGrath
Whatever sin, besides, th' offender does,
It slays but one transgressor at a time:
But fornication two at once undoes,
Whenever any do commit the crime.
"Advice And Warning To The Adulterer" by Rees Prichard
Uncleanness of all kind, and ev'ry guile,
Deceit, and fornication, cast away,
Avoid excess, and hide thy vices vile;
For God does all thy wickedness survey.
"Mr. Prichard's Complaint Of The Town Of Llandovery (The Author's Parish) And His Advice And Warning " by Rees Prichard
The fornications of the great,
And gentlewomen of estate,
Who use the servant, when the husband's gone —
The crimes, the murders now abroad,
Each daring theft and private fraud, Shall then to ev'ry prying eye be shown.
"To The Sons Of Brutus" by Rees Prichard

In news:

Michelle Mulherin announced that fornication is "probably the single most likely cause of unwanted pregnancies in this country.".
" Seashore " Artist: Steven A Clark Album: Fornication Under the Consent of the King.
God does not approve of extra-marital affairs or fornication and God does not approve of homosexual acts.
Women's MMA star Ronda Rousey, who recently became the first female fighter in the UFC, says she has as much sex as possible before a fight because fornication raises a woman's testosterone level.
Nine pairs of fornicating turtle fossils have been found in Germany, frozen in time while having sex some 50 million years ago, according to a recent study published in Biology Letters.
I can respect and tolerate that consensual adults of the same sex find fornicating one another their right to do.
Apparently, the villagers thought it had evil powers and were convinced it was the result of fornicating during an eclipse.
Mary Roach explores fornication around the animal kingdom in her book Bonk.
Fornicating with a porn star is as easy as reaching into your pockets and the depth of your pockets determines the quality of sexual partner you get.
He may not save us from our fornicating or slothful or ass-coveting ways, More.
Klum was responding to Seal 's comment that she was "fornicating with the help" while married, a reference to her relationship with her bodyguard Martin Kristen.
Cinnabar delivers a boozing, fighting, fornicating Kurt Weill tribute.
The 2011 Ig Nobel Award Winners: Wasabi Alarm Clocks, Beetle/Beer Bottle Fornication, and More Weird Science.
Wed hot 1 she would be all kinds of kinky, whack hot 3 she might like to eat instead of swallow,hot 2 fornicate all over hot 2.