brothel

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n brothel a building where prostitutes are available
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Prostitution is legal in Canada, however running a brothel is not.
    • n Brothel A house of lewdness or ill fame; a house frequented by prostitutes; a bawdyhouse.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n brothel A wretch; a depraved person; a lewd man or woman.
    • n brothel A house of lewdness; a house appropriated to the purposes of prostitution; a bawdy-house; a stew.
    • brothel To haunt brothels.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Brothel broth′el a house of ill-fame.
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Quotations

  • Max Hastings
    Max Hastings
    “If you can't get a job as a pianist in a brothel you become a royal reporter.”
  • William Blake
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    “Prisons are built with stones of Law. Brothels with the bricks of religion.”
  • Gerhard Kocher
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    “Don't tell my parents that I work in the pharmaceutical industry. They think I am working in a brothel.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. brothel, brodel, brethel, a prostitute, a worthless fellow, fr. AS. beróðan, to ruin, destroy; cf. AS. breótan, to break, and E. brittle,. The term brothel house, was confused with bordel, brothel. CF. Bordel
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
M. E. brothel—A. S. broð-en, ruined, bréðen, to go to ruin.

Usage

In literature:

Anon, the red Vaska, boots and janitor of the brothel.
"Maxim Gorki" by Hans Ostwald
Dance-halls, saloons, gambling-dens, brothels, the heart of the town was a cancer, a hive of iniquity.
"The Trail of '98" by Robert W. Service
Sir John Gonson, a justice of peace, very active in the suppression of brothels, is the person represented.
"The Works of William Hogarth: In a Series of Engravings" by John Trusler
I warrant They have decoy'd him into some vile brothel.
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
Lucio, a butterfly of the brothel, a dirtier soul than Claudio, is spared.
"William Shakespeare" by John Masefield
He did not think it had been mentioned, in her letters or by Baibars, that she was a brothel keeper.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
So they put her in Caballo's brothel for safekeeping.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea
The second grandson kept a tavern and a brothel and was a thief.
"A Plea for the Criminal" by James Leslie Allan Kayll
Certain Arab clans exploit European habits of prostitution by sending their young girls to brothels for purposes of gain.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
He acts like a foreigner who should describe London from his experience at a brothel.
"Flowers of Freethought" by George W. Foote
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In poetry:

Land of humpies, brothels, inns,
Old bag huts and empty tins,
Land of blackest, grievous sins
Westralia.
"Ode to West Australia" by Anonymous Oceania
Do we loathe the beastly orgies
Of the negro-breeding pens?
Look within our thousand brothels,
Viler far than negro dens.
"Comparative Slavery" by Janet Hamilton
Polluted, bridged by girders, banked by concrete,
now it bisects a polyglot metropolis,
ticker-tape, taxi, brothel, foot-lights country,
à-la-mode always.
"River Profile" by W H Auden
Thou goest to a stew or brothel vile,
To please the body and the soul deceive,
To anger God, his temple to defile,
To part with Christ, and to the Devil cleave.
"Advice And Warning To The Adulterer" by Rees Prichard
To taverns ne'er enter — to brothels ne'er venture —
To spend so your time, is a shame!
With nonsense and noise, you the fiend thus rejoice,
And foully dishonour Christ's name.
"Another Invitation, Or Exhortation To Worship Christ Jesus" by Rees Prichard
She guides the foot that treads on Parian floors;
She wins the ear when formal pleas are vain;
She tempts Patricians from the fatal doors
Of Vice's brothel, forth to Virtue's fane.
"Elegy III. On the Untimely Death of a Certain Learned Acquainance" by William Shenstone

In news:

This German Kid Pawned His Mom's Jewelry So He Could Go to a Brothel .
But a 14-year-old in Germany figured out a way to scratch that particular itch: He decided to hit the local brothel (which are legal over there).
A Georgia woman ran a brothel disguised as a Logan Township spa and had Asian women brought in from around the country to work the illicit business, the FBI has charged after a multi-year investigation with Pennsylvania state police.
After an investigation, they said it became clear she was running a brothel and profiting from it.
High-rise city brothel granted resource consent .
John Chow and his brother Michael Chow plan to turn the old Palace Hotel site on the corner of Federal St and Victoria St in the Auckland CBD into a high-rise brothel.
Yes, Raggio burned down a Nevada brothel.
From fancy brothels to brick-and-mortar pens.
A brothel in La Jonquera, Spain, which used to be a quiet border town where truckers rested and the French came looking for a deal on hand-painted pottery and leather goods.
At Spiritus Christi Church, the choir at Saturday night Mass sings the lyrics of "Amazing Grace" to the tune of "House of the Rising Sun" -- a song about a brothel.
The Neighbor Lady is a local brothel-themed pub in the Central area with a menu that offers options for vegans, vegetarians, gluten-free devotees and meat lovers.
Chow brothers' high-rise brothel wins building approval.
Chow brothers' brothel wins building consent.
New evidence released in busted brothel that listed Rep Horner as a client.
Oakland police investigating officers' visits to a karaoke bar residents suspect of being a brothel.
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