from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Sexual intercourse between partners who are not married to each other.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. sexual intercourse, especially on the part of an unmarried person.
- n. The act of such illicit sexual intercourse between a man and a woman which does not by law amount to adultery.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
- n. Adultery.
- n. Incest.
- n. Idolatry.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An arching; the forming of a vault or convexity; a hollowing, vaulting, or arching over; a cameration.
- n. The state of being fornicated or vaulted.
- n. The act of illicit sexual intercourse on the part of an unmarried person with a person of the opposite sex, whether married or unmarried.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. voluntary sexual intercourse between persons not married to each other
- n. extramarital sex that willfully and maliciously interferes with marriage relations
I think fornication is better for you, the stones are smaller ….
Words that sound funny after you say them repeatedly (ex. “tampons,” “smorgasbord,” “gleen”) and what they start to sound like (gleen=the word for fornication in the language of Sleestacks).
To those whom I have told this story since, some have disputed whether this was correct application of the sharia, primarily upon two grounds: (1) that she was not a Believer, and therefore sharia cannot apply, or (2) that the punishment for fornication is merely a hundred lashes, not the death by stoning required for adultery.
The image of a harlot's hire for the supposed temporal reward of spiritual fornication, is more common in Scripture (Ho 9: 1).
Scripture fornication is the standing image of idolatry; they are in fact ever spoken of as one and the same sin, considered now in its fleshly, now in its spiritual aspect (Jer 3: 1-15; Eze 16: 1-17: 24) [Trench].
Therefore fornication is not indifferent, since it is a sin against one's own body, which, like the Lord for whom it is created, is not to be destroyed, but to be raised to eternal existence.
In the first Epistle which we have, the subject of fornication is alluded to only in a way, as if he were rather replying to an excuse set up after rebuke in the matter, than introducing for the first time [Alford].
I would not for my life commit a mortal sin; but even should it come to that, I know that simple fornication is not to be compared to the sin of homicide.
Note, The sin of fornication is a great injury in a Christian to his head and lord, and
"The avoiding of fornication is necessary to all Christians at all times; the avoiding of things strangled, and of blood, and of things offered to idols, is necessary at this time, for the keeping up of a good understanding between you and the Jews, and the preventing of offence;" and as long as it continues necessary for that end, and no longer, it is enjoined.