prostitution

[ pros-ti-too-shuh n, -tyoo- ]
/ ˌprɒs tɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu- /

noun

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 formsan·ti·pros·ti·tu·tion, adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for prostitution

prostitution


n.

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

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