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[pros-ti-too-shuh n, -tyoo-] /ˌprɒs tɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu-/
the act or practice of engaging in sexual intercourse for money.
base or unworthy use, as of talent or ability.
Origin of prostitution
First recorded in 1545-55, prostitution is from the Late Latin word prōstitūtiōn- (stem of prōstitūtiō). See prostitute, -ion
Related forms
antiprostitution, adjective, noun Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • prostitution is the door of escape freely opened to all women.

    The Truth About Woman C. Gasquoine Hartley
  • prostitution, known as the “social evil,” is promiscuous unchastity for gain.

    Sex Henry Stanton
  • He says: prostitution of women has existed at all times and among all peoples.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • prostitution in the nineteenth century from the standpoint of police sanitation.

    Woman and Socialism August Bebel
  • prostitution is to be combated, not in the houses of ill-fame, but in the family.

Word Origin and History for prostitution

1530s, from Middle French prostitution and directly from Late Latin prostitutionem (nominative prostitutio), noun of action from past participle stem of prostituere (see prostitute).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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