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SODOMITE. One who his been guilty of sodomy. Formerly such offender was punished with great severity, and was deprived of the power of making a will.

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17) A bevy of commentators on this play have remarked the homoerotic, likely sodomitical friendship between Edward and his two favorites, Piers Gaveston and Hugh Spencer, Junior.
Hearne was guilty of sodomitical knowledge before I had any acquaintance with him or knowledge of him; which, in the opinion of every judicious thinking man, must plead strongly in my behalf, and that such an experienced practitioner as Hearne was, could easily form a tale .
These sections will be examined below, but they include acts coded in the novel as sodomitical, thus underscoring even further the otherizing of the Queen's sexuality in ways that replicate the markers of alterity utilized by the conquistadors in their writing.
sodomitical--'writing, performing a sodomitical reversal, gestures
It was not until the early sixteenth century that Pico della Mirandola's nephew Gianfrancesco argued that devils would and did indeed commit sodomitical acts (Herzig 60).
Doctors diagnosed and treated sodomitical syphilis even as medical discourse maintained "absolute silence on the possibility of transmission through same-sex erotic contact" (93).
Until the mid-19th century our common law was still responsible for the execution of sodomites charged with "wickedly, devilishly, feloniously, and against the order of nature [committing that] sodomitical, detestable, and abominable sin called buggery (not to be named among Christians) to the Great Displeasure of Almighty God and to the disgrace of mankind" (Davenport-Hines, 1991).
However, the Church's teaching is not (and has never been) that sodomitical acts (of whatever description, and whether performed by same-sex or opposite-sex partners) are morally wrong simply because they cannot result in reproduction.
When Carson incredulously queried, "A well written book putting forth sodomitical views might be a good book?
In the second half of the nineteenth century, he argues, the relationships between mentor and protege, which in ancient Greece were a source of moral solicitude, came increasingly to be seen as sodomitical ones that could disrupt the very basis of social order.
Posthumus's account of the battle is revealed to be sodomitical in tenor, suggesting the "obscene cruelty" of battle and the "deeply shocking" image of male rape employed by Shakespeare as a marker of the birth of Britain (98-99).