harlotry

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n harlotry offering sexual intercourse for pay
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Harlotry A harlot; a strumpet; a baggage. "He sups to-night with a harlotry ."
    • Harlotry Anything meretricious; as, harlotry in art.
    • Harlotry Ribaldry; buffoonery; a ribald story.
    • Harlotry The trade or practice of prostitution; habitual or customary lewdness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n harlotry Clownishness; buffoonery.
    • n harlotry Ribaldry; profligacy; profligate practice.
    • n harlotry The trade or practice of prostitution; habitual or customary lewdness.
    • n harlotry A name of contempt or opprobrium for a woman.
    • n harlotry False show; meretriciousness.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Harlotry prostitution, unchastity:
    • n Harlotry (obs.) a woman given to such: meretriciousness
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. herlot, arlot, a base fellow; origin dub., perh. from Old High Ger. karl (A.S. ceorl).

Usage

In literature:

O madam, since of your wantonness you inclined to harlotry, you should have wedded another than Astorre Fifanti.
"The Strolling Saint" by Raphael Sabatini
I call it corruption of a young gentleman like him, and harlotry, sir, I call it.
"The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete" by George Meredith
My first girl's gone to harlotry in London.
"Rhoda Fleming, Complete" by George Meredith
His companions were chosen from the harlotry and knavery of the civilised world.
"The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne" by William J. Locke
He will give his daughter to be betrayed by robbers, his bride to harlotry.
"The Crushed Flower and Other Stories" by Leonid Andreyev
And where lies the young harlotry?
"Pamela, or Virtue Rewarded" by Samuel Richardson
She that worked evil and looseness, harlotry, strife, and shame, shall she na have her hire?
"Foes" by Mary Johnston
Sacral harlotry was the only harlotry.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
If you will think of it, what is it but harlotry?
"Linda Tressel" by Anthony Trollope
Squalor, poverty, debauchery, harlotry, oppression, war, and ignorance are existing evils which must have attention.
"Standards of Life and Service" by T. H. Howard
The bed, gorgeous though it was, seemed, in its shameless disorder, to have been a nest of riotous harlotry.
"City Crimes" by Greenhorn
Harlotry was successful with her, and I could not pay her price.
"My Secret Life, Volumes I. to III." by Anonymous
They gave themselves to harlotry for their husbands' cause.
"The Way of the Gods" by John Luther Long
She was strong, and if she had chosen harlotry, she was still strong.
"Sinister Street, vol. 2" by Compton Mackenzie
Was Catharine II of Russia a mere damned soul because of her harlotries?
"The Life of Napoleon Bonaparte" by William Milligan Sloane
Hast had fine cases of adultery, harlotry, riots, defamations?
"The Invisible Lodge" by Jean Paul
She sought them out and courted them all to increase her harlotry.
"The Prophet Ezekiel" by Arno C. Gaebelein
Infanticides, incest, murder, harlotry, are all over the chart.
"Being Well-Born" by Michael F. Guyer
But under all I see the ancient harlotry of womankind.
"A Prince of Dreamers" by Flora Annie Steel
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In poetry:

So speed these careless groups upon their way,
Poorer than all the mendicants they pass,
And sad in their false joy and harlotry,
Rich only in their prejudice and pride.
"Manhattan" by Charles Hanson Towne
I knew Seraphina; Nature gave her hue,
Glance, sympathy, note, like one from Eden.
I saw her smile warp, heard her lyric deaden;
She turned to harlotry; - this I took to be new.
"Report on Experience" by Edmund Blunden