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for·ni·cate

(fōr'ni-kāt),
1. Vaulted or arched; resembling a fornix.
2. To have sexual intercourse.

fornicate

Medspeak
adjective Arched or vaulted; referring to a fornix.
 
Sexology
verb To engage in coitus or sexual intercourse.

for·ni·cate

(fōr'ni-kăt, kāt)
1. Vaulted or arched; resembling a fornix.
2. To have sexual intercourse with anyone to whom one is not then married.
See: fornication
[L. fornicatus, arched, fr. fornix, vault, arch]

1 fornicate

(for′nĭ-kăt, -kāt″) [L. fornicatus, arched, vaulted, fr fornix, vault]
Shaped like a fornix; arched; vaulted.

2 fornicate

(for′nĭ-kāt″) [L. fornicari fr fornix, arch (because brothels were located in vaulted basements)]
To commit fornication.
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In 1914 he speculated in a marginal comment in Schopenhauer's Werke that a man's jealousy toward a woman was needed to prevent her from fornicating with lower life forms and thus dragging down the entire human race (see Pamela C.
Punishable offences in 18th-century Argyll included sheep-stealing, fornicating on a Sunday, not going to church - and pretty much everything else.
Rev Martin Perry was stunned when furious Simon Waddington got up in front of the congregation and called him a fornicating adulterer and a hypocrite.
Nevertheless, Michels's picture of Avvakum as a puritanical reformer rather than a liturgical pedant is quite credible: clearly the main issues for him were cleansing the church of corruption, ignorance, and such widespread popular customs as drinking, gambling, and fornicating.
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in a drug-and-alcohol stupor from a night fornicating with other 20-something gay men.
Freely admitting to having spent a decade as a playboy and hellraiser, he has put his fornicating and rabble-rousing to bed in favour of becoming a serious racehorse trainer.
The band played Autzen in the 1980s and 1990, but wasn't invited back in 1991 because unruly fans were defecating, urinating and even fornicating on the grounds.
Savage points out that conservatives like William Bennett "are more concerned with how gay men might behave if we could get married" than with their married, heterosexual neighbors fornicating right under their noses.