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  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  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. 
 
  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. 
 
  2.  (Script.) 
  a  Adultery. 
  b  Incest. 
  c  Idolatry. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  fornication 
  n  1:  voluntary  sexual  intercourse  between  persons  not  married  to 
  each  other 
  2:  extramarital  sex  that  willfully  and  maliciously  interferes 
  with  marriage  relations;  "adultery  is  often  cited  as 
  grounds  for  divorce"  [syn:  {adultery},  {criminal 
  conversation}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [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). 
 




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