Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Prostitute'
n : a woman who engages in sexual intercourse for money [syn: cocotte,
whore, harlot, bawd, tart, cyprian, fancy
woman, working girl, sporting lady, lady of
pleasure, woman of the street]
v : sell one's body; exchange sex for money
- Prostitute \Pros"ti*tute\, n. [L. prostituta.]
- A woman giver to indiscriminate lewdness; a strumpet; a harlot.
- A base hireling; a mercenary; one who offers himself to infamous employments for hire. No hireling she, no prostitute to praise. --Pope.
- Prostitute \Pros"ti*tute\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Prostituted; p.
pr. & vb. n. Prostituting.] [L. prostitutus, p. p. of
prostituere to prostitute; pro before, forth + statuere to
put, place. See Statute.]
- To offer, as a woman, to a lewd use; to give up to lewdness for hire. ``Do not prostitute thy daughter.'' --Lev. xix. 29.
- To devote to base or unworthy purposes; to give up to low or indiscriminate use; as, to prostitute talents; to prostitute official powers. --Milton.
- Prostitute \Pros"ti*tute\, a. [L. prostitutus, p. p.]
Openly given up to lewdness; devoted to base or infamous
Made bold by want, and prostitute for bread. --Prior
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Prostitute'
Prostitution is the act or practice of providing sexual services to another person in return for payment. People who execute such activities are called prostitutes. Prostitution is one of the branches of the sex industry. Estimates place the annual revenue generated from the global prostitution industry to be over $100 billion.
"To prostitute" is derived from a composition of two Latin words: (preposition) pro and (verb) statuere. A literal translation therefore would be: "to expose", "to place up front".
A variety of terms are used for those who engage in prostitution, some of which distinguish between different kinds or imply a value judgment about them. Common alternatives for prostitute include escort and whore; however, not all professional escorts are prostitutes.
The English word whore derives from the Old English word hōra, from the Indo-European root kā meaning "desire". Use of the word whore is widely considered pejorative, especially in its modern slang form of ho'. In Germany most prostitutes' organizations deliberately use the word Hure (whore) since they feel that prostitute is a bureaucratic term. Those seeking to remove the social stigma associated with prostitution often promote terminology such as sex worker, commercial sex worker (CSW), "tantric engineer" (coined by author Robert Anton Wilson), or sex trade worker. A hooker or streetwalker solicits customers in public places; a call girl makes appointments by phone.[See more about Prostitute at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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