Fornication meaning

fôrnĭ-kāshən
Voluntary sexual intercourse between persons not married to each other.
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Sexual intercourse between people who are not married to each other, especially when considered as a sin.
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Consensual sex between two individuals not married to one another.
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Sexual intercourse, especially on the part of an unmarried person.
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(law) The act of such illicit sexual intercourse between a man and a woman which does not by law amount to adultery.

1604 I am the sister of one Claudio, Condemn'd upon the act of fornication To lose his head; condemn'd by Angelo — Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, Act 5, Scene 1

1611 Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God. — Galatians 5:19-21 KJV.

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Fornication is defined as sexual intercourse between unmarried partners.

An example of fornication is sexual intercourse between an unmarried man and an unmarried woman.

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Origin of fornication

  • From Old French fornicacion, from Latin fornicatio, from fornix (“brothel”).

    From Wiktionary