'Fornication' definitions:

Definition of 'fornication'

From: WordNet
Voluntary sexual intercourse between persons not married to each other
Extramarital sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with marriage relations; "adultery is often cited as grounds for divorce" [syn: adultery, criminal conversation, fornication]

Definition of 'Fornication'

  • Fornication \For`ni*ca"tion\, n. [F. fornication, L. fornicatio.]
  • 1. 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. [1913 Webster]
  • Note: In England, the offense, though cognizable in the ecclesiastical courts, was not at common law subject to secular prosecution. In the United States it is indictable in some States at common law, in others only by statute. --Whartyon. [1913 Webster]
  • 2. (Script.) (a) Adultery. (b) Incest. (c) Idolatry. [1913 Webster]

Definition of 'Fornication'

From: Easton
  • Fornication in every form of it was sternly condemned by the Mosaic law (Lev. 21:9; 19:29; Deut. 22:20, 21, 23-29; 23:18; Ex. 22:16). (See ADULTERY.)
  • But this word is more frequently used in a symbolical than in its ordinary sense. It frequently means a forsaking of God or a following after idols (Isa. 1:2; Jer. 2:20; Ezek. 16; Hos. 1:2; 2:1-5; Jer. 3:8,9).

Synonyms of 'fornication'

From: Moby Thesaurus

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