scarlet women

scarlet woman

noun
1.
a sexually promiscuous woman, especially a prostitute or a woman who commits adultery.
2.
a symbol of pagan Rome or, opprobriously, of the church of Rome. Rev. 17:1–6.

Origin:
1810–20

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scarlet woman
 
n
1.  New Testament a sinful woman described in Revelation 17, interpreted as a figure either of pagan Rome or of the Roman Catholic Church regarded as typifying vice overlaid with gaudy pageantry
2.  any sexually promiscuous woman, esp a prostitute

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