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ill fame

bad reputation, especially in sexual matters.
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ill-famed, adjective Unabridged
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  • "By a Captain, in a house of ill-fame," said the priest, interrupting the penitent.

  • He was fully convinced that Estelle was in a house of ill-fame in that city.

  • The outworks consisted of all the saloons, gaming hells, and houses of ill-fame in the City of New York.

  • When only fourteen he frequented houses of ill-fame, where he played the bully.

    Criminal Man Gina Lombroso-Ferrero
  • This man, "Hellfire Tom," lived before his conversion in a house of ill-fame.

    The Great Acceptance Cyril Arthur Edward Ranger Gull
  • He breathed the atmosphere of low wine-shops, houses of ill-fame.

    The Death of the Gods Dmitri Mrejkowski
  • She also was sent away, and drifted at last into a house of ill-fame, and died in a hospital before she was twenty years of age.

    What Shall We Do? Leo Tolstoy
  • The town was, however, forever relieved of its ill-fame after 1822.

    Modern Magic Maximilian Schele de Vere
  • Hence it is not astonishing that in the South American houses of ill-fame there are so many Russian girls.

  • No breath of ill-fame had ever reached her mother's name before.

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