for|ni|cate [ˈfo:nıkeıt US ˈfo:r-] v
[Date: 1500-1600; : Late Latin; Origin: fornicare, from [i]Latin fornix 'brothel (= place for buying sex)']
a word meaning to have sex with someone who you are not married to - used to show strong disapproval
>fornication [ˌfo:nıˈkeıʃən US ˌfo:r-] n [U]

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  • Fornicate — For ni*cate, v. i. [L. fornicatus, p. p. of fornicari to fornicate, fr. fornix, icis, a vault, a brothel in an underground vault.] To commit fornication; to have unlawful sexual intercourse. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fornicate — fornicate1 [fôr′ni kāt΄] vi. fornicated, fornicating [< LL(Ec) fornicatus, pp. of fornicari, to fornicate < L fornix (gen. fornicis), a brothel, orig., vault < fornus, an oven, akin to fornax, FURNACE] to commit fornication fornicator n …   English World dictionary

  • Fornicate — For ni*cate, Fornicated For ni*ca ted, a. [L. fornicatus, fr. fornix, icis, an arch, vault.] 1. Vaulted like an oven or furnace; arched. [1913 Webster] 2. (Bot.) Arching over; overarched. Gray. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • fornicate — v. To have sex with someone to whom one is not married. Webster s New World Law Dictionary. Susan Ellis Wild. 2000 …   Law dictionary

  • fornicate — (v.) 1550s, from L.L. fornicatus, pp. of fornicari (see FORNICATION (Cf. fornication)). Perhaps in some cases a back formation from fornication. Related: Fornicated; fornicating …   Etymology dictionary

  • fornicate — [v] have sexual intercourse be promiscuous, commit adultery, philander, sleep around; concepts 375,384 …   New thesaurus

  • fornicate — ► VERB formal or humorous ▪ have sexual intercourse with someone one is not married to. DERIVATIVES fornication noun fornicator noun. ORIGIN Latin, from fornix vaulted chamber , later brothel …   English terms dictionary

  • fornicate — UK [ˈfɔː(r)nɪkeɪt] / US [ˈfɔrnɪˌkeɪt] verb [intransitive] Word forms fornicate : present tense I/you/we/they fornicate he/she/it fornicates present participle fornicating past tense fornicated past participle fornicated showing disapproval to… …   English dictionary

  • fornicate — [[t]fɔ͟ː(r)nɪkeɪt[/t]] fornicates, fornicating, fornicated V RECIP: pl n V, V with n, V (non recip) (disapproval) To fornicate means to have sex with someone you are not married to. [FORMAL] Derived words: fornication [[t]fɔ͟ː(r)nɪke͟ɪʃ(ə)n[/t]]… …   English dictionary

  • fornicate — verb ( cated; cating) Etymology: Late Latin fornicatus, past participle of fornicare to have intercourse with prostitutes, from Latin fornic , fornix arch, vault, brothel Date: 1552 intransitive verb to commit fornication transitive verb to… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • fornicate — fornicate1 fornicator, n. /fawr ni kayt /, v.i., fornicated, fornicating. to commit fornication. [1545 55; < LL fornicatus (ptp. of fornicari to consort with prostitutes), equiv. to L fornic (s. of fornix) arch, vault, basement, brothel + atus… …   Universalium