sodomy
sod·omy /'sä-də-mē/ n [Anglo-French sodomie sexual intercourse between men, from Old French, from Late Latin Sodoma Sodom, from the supposed homosexual practices of the men of the city in Genesis 19:1-11]: the crime of oral or anal sexual contact or penetration between persons or of sexual intercourse between a person and an animal; esp: the crime of forcing another person to perform oral or anal sex
sod·om·ize /'sä-də-ˌmīz/ vt

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

sodomy
noun buggery, degeneration, depravity, deviation, indecency, pederasty, perversion, sexual deviation, unlawful sexual intercourse, unnatural carnal intercourse, unnatural sexual intercourse, vice

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


sodomy
n.
Oral or anal sexual intercourse, or sexual intercourse with an animal; definition varies by state.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


sodomy
the crime of having sex by insertion of the male member into the rectum of another person. It is a crime if committed by two men unless they are over 18 and acting in private. The 'private' requirement is being reviewed so as to protect a human right to indulge in homosexual group sex. See buggery.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.


sodomy
Anal copulation by a man inserting his penis in the anus either of another man or a woman. If accomplished by force, without consent, or with someone incapable of consent, sodomy is a felony in all states in the same way that rape is. Homosexual (male to male) consensual sodomy between consenting adults has traditionally been a felony, but increasingly is either decriminalized or seldom prosecuted. Sodomy with a consenting adult female is virtually never prosecuted even in those states in which it remains on the books as a criminal offense.
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


sodomy
n. Anal or oral copulation between two persons, especially when they are of the same sex; oral or anal copulation between a human and a non-human.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


sodomy
Anal or oral intercourse between human beings, or any sexual relations between a human being and an animal, the act of which may be punishable as a criminal offense.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


sodomy
Anal or oral intercourse between human beings, or any sexual relations between a human being and an animal, the act of which may be punishable as a criminal offense.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

sodomy
n.
   anal copulation by a man inserting his penis in the anus either of another man or a woman. If accomplished by force, without consent or with someone incapable of consent, sodomy is a felony in all states in the same way that rape is. Homosexual (male to male) sodomy between consenting adults has also been found a felony but increasingly is either decriminalized or seldom prosecuted. Sodomy with a consenting adult female is virtually never prosecuted even in those states in which it remains on the books as a criminal offense. However, there have been a few cases, including one in Indiana, in which a now-estranged wife insisted that a husband be charged with sodomy for sexual acts while they were living together. Traditionally sodomy was called "a crime against nature." Sodomy does not include oral copulation or sexual acts with animals (bestiality).
   See also: bestiality, rape

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Sodomy — Sod om*y, n. [From Sodom. a country mentioned in the Bible: cf. F. sodomite.] Carnal copulation in a manner against nature; buggery. Gen. xix. 5. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • sodomy — c.1300, from O.Fr. sodomie, from L.L. peccatum Sodomiticum anal sex, lit. sin of Sodom, from L. Sodoma (see SODOM (Cf. Sodom)) …   Etymology dictionary

  • sodomy — ► NOUN ▪ anal intercourse. DERIVATIVES sodomize (also sodomise) verb. ORIGIN from Latin peccatum Sodomiticum sin of Sodom (after the Book of Genesis chapter 19, which implies that the men of the town of Sodom in ancient Palestine practised… …   English terms dictionary

  • sodomy — [säd′əmē] n. [ME sodomie < Sodome, SODOM] any sexual intercourse held to be abnormal; specif., a) bestiality b) anal intercourse, esp. between two male persons …   English World dictionary

  • Sodomy — François Elluin, Sodomites provoking the wrath of God, from Le pot pourri de Loth (1781). Sodomy (pronounced …   Wikipedia

  • sodomy — sodomitical /sod euh mit i keuhl/, sodomitic, adj. sodomitically, adv. /sod euh mee/, n. 1. anal or oral copulation with a member of the opposite sex. 2. copulation with a member of the same sex. 3. bestiality (def. 4). [1250 1300; ME sodomie <… …   Universalium

  • sodomy — n. to commit, practice sodomy * * * [ sɒdəmɪ] practice sodomy to commit …   Combinatory dictionary

  • sodomy — [13] The term sodomy commemorates the ancient Palestinian city of Sodom, which according to the Bible was a hotbed of unnatural vice (‘But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • sodomy — [13] The term sodomy commemorates the ancient Palestinian city of Sodom, which according to the Bible was a hotbed of unnatural vice (‘But before they lay down, the men of the city, even the men of Sodom, compassed the house round, both old and… …   Word origins

  • sodomy — [[t]sɒ̱dəmi[/t]] N UNCOUNT Sodomy is anal sexual intercourse, especially between men …   English dictionary

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