prostitution

noun pros·ti·tu·tion \ ˌprä-stə-ˈtü-shən , -ˈtyü- \
Updated on: 8 Dec 2017

Definition of prostitution

1 : the act or practice of engaging in promiscuous sexual relations especially for money
2 : the state of being prostituted : debasement

Examples of prostitution in a Sentence

  1. She was arrested for prostitution.

  2. Writing commercials was a prostitution of his talents.

Recent Examples of prostitution from the Web

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First Known Use of prostitution

1553

prostitution Synonyms

Synonyms
harlotry, vice, whoredom
Related Words
demimonde; white slavery

PROSTITUTION Defined for English Language Learners

prostitution

noun

Definition of prostitution for English Language Learners

  • : the work of a prostitute : the act of having sex in exchange for money

  • : the use of a skill or ability in a way that is not appropriate or respectable


Law Dictionary

prostitution

noun pros·ti·tu·tion \ ˌpräs-tə-ˈtü-shən, -ˈtyü- \

legal Definition of prostitution

: the act or practice of engaging in sexual activity indiscriminately especially for money; also : the crime of engaging in such activity


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