intercourse

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From Old French entrecours, from Late Latin intercursus

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intercourse (countable and uncountable, plural intercourses)

  1. Communication, conversation.
    • 1667, John Milton, “Book 8”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: Printed [by Samuel Simmons], and are to be sold by Peter Parker [] [a]nd by Robert Boulter [] [a]nd Matthias Walker, [], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: The Text Exactly Reproduced from the First Edition of 1667: [], London: Basil Montagu Pickering [], 1873, OCLC 230729554:
      this sweet intercourse of looks and smiles
    • 1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 10, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
      It was a joy to snatch some brief respite, and find himself in the rectory drawing–room. Listening here was as pleasant as talking; just to watch was pleasant. The young priests who lived here wore cassocks and birettas; their faces were fine and mild, yet really strong, like the rector's face; and in their intercourse with him and his wife they seemed to be brothers.
  2. Dealings between countries.
  3. Dealings with people, including commerce and trade.
  4. Sexual intercourse usually involving humans.

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intercourse (third-person singular simple present intercourses, present participle intercoursing, simple past and past participle intercoursed)

  1. (nonstandard, intransitive) To have sexual intercourse.

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