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harlotry

[hahr-luh-tree]
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noun
  1. prostitution.

Origin of harlotry

First recorded in 1275–1325, harlotry is from the Middle English word harlotrie. See harlot, -ry
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Examples from the Web for harlotry

Historical Examples

  • I call it corruption of a young gentleman like him, and harlotry, sir, I call it.

    The Ordeal of Richard Feverel, Complete

    George Meredith

  • As to his "harlotry," he clearly could not be responsible for the metamorphoses of his soul after death.

  • She sought them out and courted them all to increase her harlotry.

    The Prophet Ezekiel

    Arno C. Gaebelein

  • His companions were chosen from the harlotry and knavery of the civilised world.

  • Protect the nobility and gentry in their harlotry, and let holiness be measured by the fineness of the garments.

    The Life of Thomas Wanless, Peasant

    Alexander Johnstone Wilson


Word Origin and History for harlotry

n.

late 14c., "loose, crude, or obscene behavior; sexual immorality; ribald talk or jesting," from harlot + -ry.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper