prostitution

prostitution

[pros-ti-too-shuhn, -tyoo-]
noun
1.
the act or practice of engaging in sexual intercourse for money.
2.
base or unworthy use, as of talent or ability.

Origin:
1545–55; < Late Latin prōstitūtiōn- (stem of prōstitūtiō). See prostitute, -ion

antiprostitution, adjective, noun
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prostitute (ˈprɒstɪˌtjuːt)
 
n
1.  a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money
2.  a man who engages in such activity, esp in homosexual practices
3.  a person who offers his talent or work for unworthy purposes
 
vb
4.  to offer (oneself or another) in sexual intercourse for money
5.  to offer (a person, esp oneself, or a person's talent) for unworthy purposes
 
[C16: from Latin prōstituere to expose to prostitution, from prō- in public + statuere to cause to stand]
 
prosti'tution
 
n
 
'prostitutor
 
n

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