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Compare French fornicatrice, Latin fornicatrix.


fornicatress (plural fornicatresses)

  1. (obsolete) A woman guilty of fornication.
    • c. 1603–1604, William Shakespeare, “Measvre for Measure”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, [Act II, (please specify the scene number in lowercase Roman numerals)]:
      : Scene 2: 778
      See you the fornicatress be removed: Let have needful, but not lavish, means; There shall be order for't.
    • 1853: Some Account of the Writings and Opinions of Justin Martyr by John Kaye
      Joshua, the High-Priest, who, according to Justin, is said to have been clothed in filthy garments, because he had married a fornicatress
    • 1856: Meditations and prayers to the Holy Trinity and our Lord Jesus Christ by S. Anselm, Sometimes Archbishop of Canterbury
      For thou, thou, my wretched soul, perverse harlot, shameless fornicatress, thou first castedst off God, thy Lover and thy Creator, and betookest thyself of thine own accord to the devil, thine ensnarer and destroyer.
    • 1936: Like the Phoenix by Anthony Bertram
      However, terrible as it may seem to the tall maiden sisters of J.P.'s in Queen Anne houses with walled vegetable gardens, this courtesan, strumpet, harlot, whore, punk, fille de joie, street-walker, this trollop, this trull, this baggage, this hussy, this drab, skit, rig, quean, mopsy, demirep, demimondaine, this wanton, this fornicatress, this doxy, this concubine, this frail sister, this poor Queenie--did actually solicit me, did actually say 'coming home to-night, dearie' and my soul was not blasted enough to call a policeman.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Qu’ran 24:2, M.H. Shakir translation.
      (As for) the fornicatress and the fornicator, flog each of them, (giving) a hundred stripes, and let not pity for them detain you in the matter of obedience to Allah, if you believe in Allah and the last day, and let a party of believers witness their chastisement.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for fornicatress in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)