whoredom

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n whoredom offering sexual intercourse for pay
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Whoredom The practice of unlawful intercourse with the other sex; fornication; lewdness.
    • Whoredom (Script) The sin of worshiping idols; idolatry. "O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom , and Israel is defiled; they will not . . . turn unto their God."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n whoredom Prostitution of the body for hire; in general, the practice of unlawful sexual commerce. In Scripture the term is sometimes applied metaphorically to idolatry—the desertion of the worship of the true God for the worship of idols.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Whoredom unlawful sexual intercourse: idolatry
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. hordom,; cf. Icel. hrdmr,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Ice. hóra, an adulteress, fem. of hórr, an adulterer. The word was confused with A.S. horu (Old High Ger. horo), dirt. There is no connection with hire.

Usage

In literature:

And he answered, What peace, so long as the whoredoms of thy mother Jezebel and her witchcrafts are so many?
"The King James Bible"
Yea, and they did commit whoredoms and all manner of wickedness.
"The Book Of Mormon An Account Written By The Hand Of Mormon Upon Plates Taken From The Plates Of Nephi" by Anonymous
Your dens are in darkness, and your mischief is hatched upon your beds of secret whoredoms?
"The Life of John Bunyan" by Edmund Venables
And whoredoms are an abomination before me; thus saith the Lord of Hosts.
"The Story of the Mormons From the Date of their Origin to the Year 1901" by William Alexander Linn
It is an age of exhausted whoredom groping for its god.
"Ulysses" by James Joyce
Whoredoms are whoredoms: let him that is guiltless cast the first stone.
"The Delights of Wisdom Pertaining to Conjugial Love" by Emanuel Swedenborg
The whoredom of a woman may be known in her haughty looks and eye-lids.
"Clarissa, Volume 6 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
Thou speakest agaynst pilgrimage, and callest it a pilgrimage to whoredome.
"The Works of John Knox, Vol. 1 (of 6)" by John Knox
The priest's daughter who committed whoredom was to be burned, as profaning her father.
"Conversion of a High Priest into a Christian Worker" by Meletios Golden
The world will have religion of some kind, even though it should fly for it to the intellectual whoredom of 'spiritualism.
"Fragments of science, V. 1-2" by John Tyndall
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In poetry:

Scobble for whoredom whips his wife and cries
He'll slit her nose; but blubbering she replies,
"Good sir, make no more cuts i' th' outward skin,
One slit's enough to let adultery in.
"Up Scoble" by Robert Herrick