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  • But by the 1920s, women of ill-fame no longer formed a distinct caste readily distinguished from other women by dress, manners, and place of residence. . .

    A Renegade History of the United States

  • It was a crime to “entice” any “female of previous chaste character … to a house of ill-fame,” for the “purpose of prostitution” sec. 1993; dealing in obscene literature was also proscribed.

    A History of American Law

  • “By a Captain, in a house of ill-fame,” said the priest, interrupting the penitent.

    Scenes from a Courtesan's Life

  • And then I think of the grotesque information he gave me as to the present address of his heiress, I foresee that it will be my duty to search all the houses of ill-fame in Paris to pour out an immense fortune on some worthless jade.


  • If he felt he had been wrongfully charged, "or if the Person charging him be a Woman of ill-fame, or a common Whore," he had recourse to appeal in the next quarter sessions.

    Gutenber-e Help Page

  • Then there was Mrs. Somer, who kept a house of ill-fame and was bringing up her daughters to the same profession.

    The Common Reader, Second Series

  • Oh, you know ... down below ... from a house of ill-fame.

    Notes from Underground

  • No one ever spoke to her so but the justices of the peace who tried her for trying to get out of a house of ill-fame.

    Anna Karenina

  • The Persians, says Burckhardt, were suspected of this sacrilege, and now their ill-fame has spread far; at

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah

  • And throughout my journey, even in Arabia, though I drew my knife every time an offensive hint was thrown out, the ill-fame clung to me like the shirt of Nessus.

    Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah


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