a crime against nature


a crime against nature
   American
   sodomy or bestiality
   As proscribed in the laws of many states:
    Most states have laws against fornication and even masturbation lying somewhere on their books... One of the most popular phrases is 'crime against nature'... but almost never do they specify what a crime against nature is. (Bryson, 1994 — as he concludes, it could be anything from walking on grass to chopping down trees)

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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  • crime against nature — crime against nature: a sexual act (as of bestiality) that is regarded by the law as abnormal; also: the crime of committing such an act Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. crime against nature …   Law dictionary

  • Crime against nature (disambiguation) — Crime against nature and similar can mean: Crime against nature, a form of sexual behavior that is not considered natural and is seen as a punishable offense in some jurisdictions Acts of animal abuse Acts that are considered to be damaging to… …   Wikipedia

  • Crime against nature — This article is about types of sex act. For other meanings see Crime against nature (disambiguation). Contents 1 Current use 1.1 Louisiana …   Wikipedia

  • crime against nature — a sexual act that is regarded by the law as abnormal : sodomy, buggery * * * 1. Law. sodomy. 2. any act considered to be against the laws or designs of nature or one s religious teachings. [1920 25] * * * crime against nature, Law. unnatural… …   Useful english dictionary

  • crime against nature — 1. Law. sodomy. 2. any act considered to be against the laws or designs of nature or one s religious teachings. [1920 25] * * * …   Universalium

  • crime against nature — Date: 1828 sodomy …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • crime against nature — noun Any of various sexual deviations that, at one time or another, have been considered to be so unnatural as to be illegal …   Wiktionary

  • crime against nature — Sodomy; sexual relations with a person of the same sex or with a beast; unnatural sexual relations between persons of the same sex. 48 Am J1st Sod § 1 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • infamous crime against nature — See pederasty; penetration per anum; sodomy …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • infamous crime against nature — sodomy …   Useful english dictionary


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