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ˌprɒs tɪˈtu ʃən, -ˈtyu-pros·ti·tu·tion

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. prostitution, harlotry, whoredomnoun

    offering sexual intercourse for pay


  1. prostitutionnoun

    Engaging in sexual activity with another person in exchange for compensation, such as money or other valuable goods.

    Her addiction brought her to the point that prostitution was the only means she had to survive.

  2. prostitutionnoun

    Debasement for unworthy profit or motives.

    The television advertising job was a prostitution of the talents of one of the great writers of the century.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Prostitutionnoun

    Etymology: prostitution, Fr. from prostitute.

    An infamous woman, having passed her youth in a most shameless state of prostitution, now gains her livelihood by seducing others. Joseph Addison, Spectator.


  1. Prostitution

    Prostitution is the business or practice of engaging in sexual activity in exchange for payment. The definition of "sexual activity" varies, and is often defined as an activity requiring physical contact (e.g., sexual intercourse, non-penetrative sex, oral sex, etc.) with the customer. The requirement of physical contact also creates the risk of transferring diseases. Prostitution is sometimes described as sexual services, commercial sex or, colloquially, hooking. It is sometimes referred to euphemistically as "the world's oldest profession" in the English-speaking world. A person who works in this field is called a prostitute, or more inclusively, a sex worker. Prostitution occurs in a variety of forms, and its legal status varies from country to country (sometimes from region to region within a given country), ranging from being an enforced or unenforced crime, to unregulated, to a regulated profession. It is one branch of the sex industry, along with pornography, stripping, and erotic dancing. Brothels are establishments specifically dedicated to prostitution. In escort prostitution, the act may take place at the client's residence or hotel room (referred to as out-call), or at the escort's residence or a hotel room rented for the occasion by the escort (in-call). Another form is street prostitution. There are about 42 million prostitutes in the world, living all over the world (though most of Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa lack data, studied countries in that large region rank as top sex tourism destinations). Estimates place the annual revenue generated by prostitution worldwide to be over $100 billion.The majority of prostitutes are female and have male clients.The position of prostitution and the law varies widely worldwide, reflecting differing opinions. Some view prostitution as a form of exploitation of or violence against women, and children, that helps to create a supply of victims for human trafficking. Some critics of prostitution as an institution are supporters of the "Nordic model" that decriminalizes the act of selling sex and makes the purchase of sex illegal. This approach has also been adopted by Canada, Iceland, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Norway, France and Sweden. Others view sex work as a legitimate occupation, whereby a person trades or exchanges sexual acts for money. Amnesty International is one of the notable groups calling for the decriminalization of prostitution.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Prostitutionnoun

    the act or practice of prostituting or offering the body to an indiscriminate intercourse with men; common lewdness of a woman

  2. Prostitutionnoun

    the act of setting one's self to sale, or of devoting to infamous purposes what is in one's power; as, the prostitution of abilities; the prostitution of the press

  3. Etymology: [L. prostitutio: cf. F. prostitution.]


  1. Prostitution

    Prostitution is the business or practice of providing sexual services to another person in return for payment. The person who receives payment for sexual services is called a prostitute or sex worker, and the person who receives such services is known by a multitude of terms. Prostitution is one of the branches of the sex industry. The legal status of prostitution varies from country to country, from being permissible but unregulated, to a punishable crime or to a regulated profession. Estimates place the annual revenue generated from the global prostitution industry to be over $100 billion. Prostitution is sometimes referred to as "the world's oldest profession". Prostitution occurs in a variety of forms. Brothels are establishments specifically dedicated to prostitution. In escort prostitution, the act may take place at the customer's residence or hotel room, or at the escort's residence or in a hotel room rented for the occasion by the escort. Another form is street prostitution. Sex tourism refers to travelling, typically from developed to underdeveloped nations, to engage in sexual activity with prostitutes.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Prostitution

    The practice of indulging in sexual relations for money.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of prostitution in Chaldean Numerology is: 7

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of prostitution in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of prostitution in a Sentence

  1. Jeffrey Hurant:

    I don't think that we do anything to promote prostitution, i think we do good things for good people, and we bring good people together.

  2. Mike Preston:

    The investigation has not produced any evidence that one person or persons are responsible, heroin addiction and prostitution to support the addiction has come up in the investigation.

  3. Kendis Paris:

    A lot of guys are not sure if they're really looking at prostitution or trafficking and they just need to be helped.

  4. Robert Kraft:

    Usually the prostitute gets arrested or the person who's running the brothel, so this is an unusual approach, to round up the' johns.' You see it happening periodically in jurisdictions where there's a major prostitution problem and he just got caught in the net.

  5. Layeq Khan Wahdat:

    Aryana Sayeed's concerts are not in accordance with our society and Islam, dress-up like this can promote prostitution and seduction.

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applies to nonhuman mammals: a state or interval of sexual inactivity between two periods of estrus
  • A. exponent
  • B. foumart
  • C. anestrus
  • D. slur

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