har·​lot·​ry ˈhär-lə-trē How to pronounce harlotry (audio)
plural harlotries
: sexual profligacy : prostitution
: an unprincipled or immoral woman
he sups tonight with a harlotryWilliam Shakespeare

Examples of harlotry in a Sentence

a city that in biblical times was infamous for licentiousness and harlotry
Recent Examples on the Web Within the slippery world of harlotry—where class can be transcended and humanity bought—relationships form that defy our historical assumptions about the bounded categories of human experience. Sarah Marshall, New Republic, 2 June 2017 That's how my job eventually descended into harlotry: through the endless cat-and-mouse game of porntrepreneurs subverting Google's anti-smut policies. Lucas Peterson, GQ, 22 May 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of harlotry was in the 14th century

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“Harlotry.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/harlotry. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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