prostitute

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v prostitute sell one's body; exchange sex for money
    • n prostitute a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: In one of the central intersections of the resort town of Pompeii destroyed in A.D. 79 by Mt. Vesuvius is a replica of the male genitalia, imbedded in and made of cobblestones. The image is approximately three feet wide by three feet long, and points the way to a house of prostitution. The walls of the house are still decorated with picture of the various specialties of the ladies employed there.
    • Prostitute A base hireling; a mercenary; one who offers himself to infamous employments for hire. "No hireling she, no prostitute to praise."
    • Prostitute A woman giver to indiscriminate lewdness; a strumpet; a harlot.
    • a Prostitute Openly given up to lewdness; devoted to base or infamous purposes. "Made bold by want, and prostitute for bread."
    • Prostitute To devote to base or unworthy purposes; to give up to low or indiscriminate use; as, to prostitute talents; to prostitute official powers.
    • Prostitute To offer, as a woman, to a lewd use; to give up to lewdness for hire. "Do not prostitute thy daughter."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Prostitution is legal in Canada, however running a brothel is not.
    • prostitute To offer to a lewd use, or to indiscriminate lewdness, for hire.
    • prostitute To surrender to any vile or infamous purpose; devote to anything base; sell or hire to the service of wickedness.
    • prostitute Openly devoted to lewdness for gain.
    • prostitute Sold for base or infamous purposes; infamous; mercenary; base.
    • n prostitute A woman given to indiscriminate lewdness for gain; a strumpet; a harlot. In criminal law it has been held that the element of gain is not essential or may be presumed.
    • n prostitute A base hireling; a mercenary; one who engages in infamous employments for hire.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The way that prostitutes got the nickname "Hooker" was because of a general of the Civil War. General Hooker would keep a number of prostitutes to follow has army and keep his men's moral up. The prostitutes were referred to as "Hookers brigade."
    • v.t Prostitute pros′ti-tūt to expose for sale for bad ends: to sell to lewdness: to devote to any improper purpose
    • adj Prostitute openly devoted to lewdness: sold to wickedness
    • n Prostitute a female who indulges in lewdness, esp. for hire, a whore: a base hireling
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Quotations

  • Larry Holmes
    Larry Holmes
    “All fighters are prostitutes and all promoters are pimps.”
  • Karl Kraus
    Karl%20Kraus
    “Corruption is worse than prostitution. The latter might endanger the morals of an individual, the former invariably endangers the morals of the entire country.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “Hollywood makes prostitutes out of women and sissies out of men.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    Bertrand%20Russell
    “Marriage is for women the commonest mode of livelihood, and the total amount of undesired sex endured by women is probably greater in marriage than in prostitution.”
  • Stanley Kubrick
    Stanley Kubrick
    “The greatest nations have all acted like gangsters and the smallest like prostitutes.”
  • Stanley Kubrick
    Stanley Kubrick
    “The great nations have always acted like gangsters, and the small nations like prostitutes.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. prostitutus, p. p. of prostituere, to prostitute; pro, before, forth + statuere, to put, place. See Statute

Usage

In literature:

I thought when he kept asking me for that money to-night, he was like an old prostitute.
"Oscar Wilde, Volume 2 (of 2)" by Frank Harris
Some one who wanted to save me from the legalized prostitution of a loveless marriage.
"Destiny" by Charles Neville Buck
From this element of prostitution was disentangled, to a large extent, the great gallantry of the eighteenth century.
"Women of Modern France" by Hugo P. Thieme
Within a month, I shall probably be no more nor less than the official kept man of a prostitute.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
Theft and prostitution form the chief means of subsistence of this population.
"The Condition of the Working-Class in England in 1844 with a Preface written in 1892" by Frederick Engels
There is very little prostitution, infinitely less than in any other capital.
"The Practice and Theory of Bolshevism" by Bertrand Russell
And till morning, the candidate for confirmation slept with her head on the prostitute's naked bosom.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume II (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
For there was no possible doubt about the matter, that this grandmother was nothing more nor less than a prostitute.
"The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume III (of 8)" by Guy de Maupassant
This prostitute, mother of Esther, who was also a courtesan, was a typical daughter of Paris.
"Repertory Of The Comedie Humaine, Complete, A -- Z" by Anatole Cerfberr and Jules François Christophe
I hate to see him prostitute his talents the way he does by making these fake antiques for Rivers.
"Murder in the Gunroom" by Henry Beam Piper
I will die single rather than prostitute my own mind in an union with a being with whom I have no sympathies.
"History of the Girondists, Volume I" by Alphonse de Lamartine
You see him struggling against this violent prostitution of his authority.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. XII. (of XII.)" by Edmund Burke
He therefore who disobeys the law that governs his mind prostitutes that faculty to error.
"Explanation of Catholic Morals" by John H. Stapleton
Communism raises her from the slough of slavery, but subjects her to the level of prostitution.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
He confessed that she was tidy, notable, industrious; but, then, she was a prostitute.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
It meant the prostitution of his faculties.
"Madame Flirt" by Charles E. Pearce
And I believe that you will find her now amongst the prostitutes at Avignon, Vienne, Valence, or some other place in Dauphine.
"One Hundred Merrie And Delightsome Stories" by Various
Hence so many unhappy marriages, so many prostituted pens, and venal politicians!
"Henrietta Temple A Love Story" by Benjamin Disraeli
We are not here concerned to deal with prostitution or its possible control.
"Woman and Womanhood" by C. W. Saleeby
The Commune has ordered that all prostitutes and drunkards shall be arrested.
"The Insurrection in Paris" by An Englishman: Davy
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In poetry:

No longer prostitute to Wealth,
amoung the aery show
The Lyric Muse accompanies
The Marseillaise below.
"May Day" by Bernard O Dowd
Yes; may my tongue disdain a vassal's care;
My lyre resound no prostituted lay;
More warm to merit, more elate to wear
The cap of Freedom than the crown of bay.
"Elegy XXIII. Reflections Suggested" by William Shenstone
Wilt thou thy Saviour and th' angelic train
Give up, with all the rapt'rous bliss above,
And nothing by the silly bargain gain,
But a vile Strumpet's prostituted love?
"Advice And Warning To The Adulterer" by Rees Prichard
That's how the fig dies, showing her crimson through the
purple slit
Like a wound, the exposure of her secret, on the open day.
Like a prostitute, the bursten fig, making a show of her
secret.
"Figs" by D H Lawrence
The insulter, the prostitute, the angry person, the beggar, see
themselves in the ways of him—he strangely transmutes them,
They are not vile any more—they hardly know themselves, they are so
grown.
"Now List To My Morning's Romanza" by Walt Whitman
O my sisters, O my sisters, I am powerless to aid;
’Tis a world of prostitution, it is business, it is trade,
And they profit from the brewer and the smirking landlord down
To the bully and the bludger, on the women of the town.
"The Women of the Town" by Henry Lawson

In news:

The man accused of tricking young women from Juarez into prostitution in El Paso appeared before a federal magistrate judge Tuesday morning.
(AP) — A substitute teacher for a special-education school in North St Paul has pleaded guilty to trying to groom a student for prostitution.
Or, perhaps more appropriately, the classic relationship between pimp and prostitute.
2 busted for prostitution in Newington.
In Ferriday, a railroad town incorporated in the early 1900s, gambling and prostitution took hold almost immediately after the town was founded.
Prostitution was so common at Porky 's that the club had fixed places and prices, Galeota says.
Maine case reflects trend of police publicizing names of prostitute patrons.
The list of clients associated with an alleged prostitution business in Kennebunk is generating as much attention as the case itself.
Newly released police reports reveal that Charlie Sheen threw Brooke Mueller around 'like a rag doll ' after she complained about him using prostitutes, RadarOnline.
Seoul's Itaewon, once home to prostitutes and aggressive touts, has had a rebirth.
Gary Lee Elg, 60, currenty of Inver Grove Heights, pleaded guilty Thursday, Oct 11, to engaging in prostitution after he was caught by an undercover police operation in St Paul.
Mayor-elect Hancock backs off vow to release full records that could refute link to prostitution.
Zumba instructor allegedly ran prostitution ring out of class.
Ringleader , johns charged in prostitution sting.
British police arrested a second suspect and continued to question a first suspect, Tom Stephens, in the strangling of 5 prostitutes.
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In science:

Estimating the prevalence of male clients of prostitute women in Vancouver with a simple capture–recapture method. J.
Population size estimation based upon ratios of recapture probabilities
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