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.


The crime against nature, committed either with man or beast. Anal intercourse.

It is a crime not it to be named; peccatum illud horrible, inter christianos non nominandum.

This crime was punished with great severity by the civil law.

Laws against sodomy have generally been used to persecute homosexual men although there have been rare prosecutions of married couples who engaged in "un-natural" sexual acts by over-zelous bigots and lunatics in positions of authority.