prostitution

noun
pros·​ti·​tu·​tion | \ ˌprä-stə-ˈtü-shən How to pronounce prostitution (audio) , -ˈtyü-\

Definition of prostitution

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

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Synonyms for prostitution

Synonyms

harlotry, vice, whoredom

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Examples of prostitution in a Sentence

She was arrested for prostitution. Writing commercials was a prostitution of his talents.

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In 2017, Mi Cha Jones, owner of the Jee Jee spa in Miami Beach, was charged with two felony counts of human trafficking and one felony count of deriving support from the proceeds of prostitution. Terry Spencer, The Seattle Times, "AP Investigation: Florida gets tougher on massage-parlor sex," 31 Mar. 2019 Acts of prostitution allegedly occurred at the Jupiter, Fla., spa. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "New England Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Charged With Soliciting Prostitution," 22 Feb. 2019 Anderson is accused of soliciting prostitution for money on several occasions between June and December of last year, according to his charge sheet. Carl Prine, latimes.com, "Marines face charges of rape, kidnapping, domestic abuse and drug possession," 10 June 2018 Emerson was later found guilty of soliciting prostitution. Hännah Ettinger, Houston Chronicle, "Ending an abusive marriage is hard. Ending one in the evangelical church is harder.," 12 May 2018 The men range in age from 28 to 67 years old and all face charges related to soliciting prostitution, police said. Brieanna J Frank, azcentral, "Mesa police: 21 men arrested in prostitution sting," 28 Mar. 2018 This means that the owners of websites which allow the posting of classified ads, such as Craigslist, could face charges or prison terms even if third parties misuse the service to promote prostitution. Kate Samuelson, Fortune, "Craigslist Removes 'Personals' Section After Congress Passes Sex Trafficking Bill," 23 Mar. 2018 New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft has pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor counts of soliciting prostitution, according to a filing by his attorney in a Palm Beach County, Fla. court. Andrew Beaton, WSJ, "Patriots Owner Robert Kraft Pleads Not Guilty to Soliciting Prostitution," 28 Feb. 2019 Robbed of this advertising, many have been forced into street prostitution—a much riskier activity, as there's no vetting possible when getting into a client's car. Ron Amadeo, Ars Technica, "Our favorite (and least favorite) tech of 2018," 26 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of prostitution

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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19 Apr 2019

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The first known use of prostitution was in 1553

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prostitution

noun

English Language Learners Definition of prostitution

: 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

prostitution

noun
pros·​ti·​tu·​tion | \ ˌpräs-tə-ˈtü-shən, -ˈtyü- How to pronounce prostitution (audio) \

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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