Definitions

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  • adj. pertaining to scortation; lewd, fornicatory

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Pertaining to lewdness or fornication; lewd.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Pertaining to or consisting in lewdness.

Etymologies

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From Latin scortat-, from scortari ‘associate with prostitutes’, from scortum ‘prostitute’.

Examples

  • Delights of wisdom concerning conjugial love: after which follow the pleasures of insanity concerning scortatory love 1794

    Writer Unboxed » Blog Archive » Googalicious

  • Whatever Anne's reason for doing so, it was to this scortatory old scab that she turned for help in cozening the fair young Countess.

    She Stands Accused

  • Twenty years he dallied there between conjugial love and its chaste delights and scortatory love and its foul pleasures.

    Ulysses

  • Here are know-nothing religions, or churches that proscribe intellect, scortatory religions; slave-holding and slave-trading religions; and, even in the decent populations, idolatries wherein the witness of the ritual covers scarlet indulgence.

    XVII. Essays. Worship. 1860

  • Here are know-nothing religions, or churches that proscribe intellect; scortatory religions; slave-holding and slave-trading religions; and, even in the decent populations, idolatries wherein the whiteness of the ritual covers scarlet indulgence.

    The Conduct of Life (1860)

  • We have therefore inherited scores of synonyms for prostitute that seemingly cover -- or, rather, uncover -- every possible nuance of the scortatory hierarchy, from the tinselly, grand courtesan to the abject, base slut.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol VIII No 3

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  • If license should be ballyhooed

    By Hefner or one of his brood -

    If scurrilous and hortatory

    Can we call it scortatory,

    A dogmatic version of lewd?

    January 7, 2016

  • lewd

    November 6, 2007