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prostitution

[pros-ti-too-shuh n, -tyoo-] /ˌprɒs tɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu-/
noun
1.
the act or practice of engaging in sexual intercourse for money.
2.
base or unworthy use, as of talent or ability.
Origin
1545-1555
1545-55; < Late Latin prōstitūtiōn- (stem of prōstitūtiō). See prostitute, -ion
Related forms
antiprostitution, adjective, noun
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Word Origin and History for anti 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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