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Definition of "prostitution" []

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

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "prostitution" in a sentence
  • "If prostitution is a form of rape, as radical feminists have asserted, then how can anybody in prostitution have a wonderful experience with it?"
  • "A rather typical story about the “rise” of prostitution (this time, in Hawaii) quotes without comment the following two statistics: Here are a few more statistics on prostitution from the FBI: The FBI states the average age of entry into prostitution is 14-years-old."
  • "The term prostitution itself is controversial -- most groups working with persons who sell or trade sex for money use the terms "sex work" and "sex worker," rather than"
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