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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Examples of prostitution in a Sentence

She was arrested for prostitution. Writing commercials was a prostitution of his talents.
Recent Examples on the Web Graham has a prior conviction for involvement with a minor in prostitution. Nathan Solis, Los Angeles Times, 25 Apr. 2022 Zaremba faces one count of solicitation of a prostitute and one count of engaging in prostitution. al, 13 Mar. 2022 Investigative documentary about how the arms of the Nigerian mafia reach far into Europe and use religious pressure to keep trafficked women in prostitution. Lise Pedersen, Variety, 1 Mar. 2022 She too was known to engage in prostitution, records show. Joe Mario Pedersen,, 22 Feb. 2022 Serrano is also facing a 34-count indictment in Jefferson County that accuses him of creating videos of a child engaged in explicit conduct, duplicating those videos, attempting to compel the child to engage in prostitution and luring a minor. oregonlive, 19 Feb. 2022 The press release said the other woman and the man both face charges of prostitution. Contact Briana Rice at 513-568-3496 or Briana Rice, The Enquirer, 26 Sep. 2021 In Pittsburg, a suburb in Contra Costa County, authorities caught a man who was allegedly running a prostitution ring nationwide. Los Angeles Times, 15 Feb. 2022 Solicitation of prostitution charges against Maryland men’s basketball assistant coach Bruce Shingler have been dropped, according to the Prince George’s County Circuit Court. Ryan Mcfadden,, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of prostitution

1553, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of prostitution was in 1553

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prostitute oneself



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29 Apr 2022

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“Prostitution.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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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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