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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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