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ill fame

noun
1.
bad reputation, especially in sexual matters.
Related forms
ill-famed, adjective
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  • She had been the daughter of a race of ill fame, fatherless, and all but motherless.

    Corleone F. Marion Crawford
  • Two members of his family—a sister and a brother—have been convicted of theft and "conducting a house of ill fame."

    Mental Defectives and Sexual Offenders W. H. Triggs, Donald McGavin, Frederick Truby King, J. Sands Elliot, Ada G. Patterson, C.E. Matthews and J. Beck
  • The houses of ill fame were riotous with men let loose upon a holiday.

    Children of the Market Place

    Edgar Lee Masters
  • I kept my eye upon one of those priests, from the moment he entered this house of ill fame until twelve o'clock at night.

  • On the other hand, the arrests for keeping disorderly houses increased 109, and for keeping houses of ill fame 407.

  • Many of these notorious dens are located in the midst of a forest of houses of ill fame.

  • Some back door of a house of ill fame is open to him for shelter, for wine, and oftentimes for food.

  • His ill fame increased in still greater proportion, especially when he assumed the airs of a sorcerer.

  • I reached my sixteenth year without having left that house of ill fame.

  • Such conditions would naturally be ideal for the owner of a house of ill fame, or for a pandar.

    The Satyricon, Complete Petronius Arbiter

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