from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The act or practice of engaging in sex acts for hire.
  • n. The act or an instance of offering or devoting one's talent to an unworthy use or cause.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Engaging in sexual activity with another person in exchange for compensation, such as money or other valuable goods.
  • n. Debasement for unworthy profit or motives.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act or practice of prostituting or offering the body to an indiscriminate intercourse with men; common lewdness of a woman.
  • n. The act of setting one's self to sale, or of devoting to infamous purposes what is in one's power

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The act or practice of prostituting, or offering the body to indiscriminate sexual intercourse for hire.
  • n. The act of offering or devoting to a base or infamous use: as, the prostitution of talents or abilities.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. offering sexual intercourse for pay


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