• WordNet 3.6
    • n prostitution offering sexual intercourse for pay
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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.
    • Prostitution The act of setting one's self to sale, or of devoting to infamous purposes what is in one's power; as, the prostitution of abilities; the prostitution of the press. "Mental prostitution ."
    • Prostitution The act or practice of prostituting or offering the body to an indiscriminate intercourse with men; common lewdness of a woman.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Prostitution is legal in Canada, however running a brothel is not.
    • n prostitution The act or practice of prostituting, or offering the body to indiscriminate sexual intercourse for hire.
    • n prostitution The act of offering or devoting to a base or infamous use: as, the prostitution of talents or abilities.
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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."
    • ns Prostitution the act or practice of prostituting: lewdness for hire: the being devoted to infamous purposes
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    “Hollywood makes prostitutes out of women and sissies out of men.”
  • R. D. Laing
    “We are all murderers and prostitutes --no matter to what culture, society, class, nation one belongs, no matter how normal, moral, or mature, one takes oneself to be.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “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.”
  • Jeremy Taylor
    “Nothing is greater or more fearful sacrilege than to prostitute the great name of God to the petulancy of an idle tongue.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. prostitutio,: cf. F. prostitution,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. prostituĕre, -ūtumpro, before, statuĕre, to place.


In literature:

With the sanction of this double standard, tacitly accepted by society, thousands of prostitutes have been harbored and protected.
"The Social Emergency" by Various
And I have paid you for them, paid for them with new caresses and a last prostitution!
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
There were no prostitutes.
"Atlantic Monthly, Vol. 12, August, 1863, No. 70" by Various
Such men uphold prostitution because it exorcises sex of that magic.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
In this change of manners the disgraceful plague of public prostitution will perish of itself.
"The Physiology of Marriage, Complete" by Honore de Balzac
A popular man is, in truth, no better than a prostitute to common fame, and to the people.
"The Works of John Dryden, Volume 5 (of 18)" by John Dryden
Religion and philosopy had been prostituted to low uses.
"The Bible Book by Book" by Josiah Blake Tidwell
The son of a paramour in the palace service, or of a prostitute, cannot be demanded back.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, Vol. 1" by Various
They attempted to prostitute the law to their own base standard of political morality.
"The Reminiscences of an Irish Land Agent" by S.M. Hussey
The public prostitutes were reckoned then at 11,654.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volumes 1 and 2" by John Addington Symonds
The artistic colony had a lot to answer for, Nan thought; they were making parasites and prostitutes of the infant populace.
"Dangerous Ages" by Rose Macaulay
Prostitution for gain is far more prevalent in the cities of Europe than among the colored people of our cities.
"Twentieth Century Negro Literature" by Various
Whilst a small proportion were honest workers, the great majority were paupers, criminals, and prostitutes.
"Mental Defectives and Sexual Offenders" by W. H. Triggs, Donald McGavin, Frederick Truby King, J. Sands Elliot, Ada G. Patterson, C.E. Matthews and J. Beck
The Act of 1899 controls feeble-minded children; many such become paupers, criminals, prostitutes, etc.
"Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology" by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
Nor could Kars help but admire the physique now being so rapidly prostituted.
"The Triumph of John Kars" by Ridgwell Cullum
To save others, it was necessary that I must marry, and get money by my own prostitution.
"The Entailed Hat" by George Alfred Townsend
The greatest number of prostitutes are religious, yet prostitution continues to flourish.
"The Necessity of Atheism" by Dr. D.M. Brooks
This must lead to prostitution.
"Women's Wild Oats" by C. Gasquoine Hartley
Music is the only one of the arts that can not be prostituted to a base use.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great - Volume 14" by Elbert Hubbard
But with no income at all, they will be too greatly tempted to prostitute the talent they have.
"Girls and Women" by Harriet E. Paine (AKA E. Chester}

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
"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
"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:

Optometrist hit in prostitution sting.
Top French cop arranged prostitute-filled orgies for DSK: report.
From Porky's to Panama Prison, Tony Galeota Reveals Miami's Mob-Run Prostitution Industry.
A Southern Utah University administrator has admitted soliciting a prostitute and resigned.
CEDAR CITY — A Southern Utah University administrator has admitted soliciting a prostitute and resigned.
Here, politicians mix with prostitutes.
SAN BERNARDINO, Calif.—A family counselor has been charged with human trafficking, pimping and sex counts for forcing a 15-year-old Southern California girl into prostitution and selling sexual services on the Internet.
A family counselor has been charged with human trafficking, pimping and sex counts for forcing a 15-year-old Southern California girl into prostitution and selling sexual services on the Internet.
A warrant has been issued for a 20-year-old man charged with prostituting girls in the Tacoma, Everett and Shoreline areas.
Police arrested a suspect in the murder of five prostitutes.
The bodies of five women, all prostitutes, were recently found within miles of each other near London.
Man alleges ex-boyfriendworked as prostitute.
The Columbian prostitute at the center of the Secret Service sex scandal was questioned by US investigators in Madrid, Spain on Thursday.
A growing number of people in Swaziland are turning to prostitution because of unemployment.
Prostitute used hot dog cart to solicit clients.

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