Definition of prostitution in English:



  • 1[mass noun] The practice or occupation of engaging in sexual activity with someone for payment.

    ‘the sale of captives into slavery and prostitution’
    • ‘For boys, they mostly end up as criminals while girls indulge in prostitution.’
    • ‘Another said prostitution should be legal because people won't always do what they are told.’
    • ‘He believes that parliament should license prostitution in a more formal way.’
    • ‘Legalising street prostitution will never happen in this country.’
    • ‘Just so we're clear about this, the bill decriminalised prostitution.’
    • ‘The incidence of prostitution and sexual assault of women has soared.’
    • ‘Street prostitution has increased in some areas as more and more younger kids are getting into it.’
    • ‘Pressing a person into prostitution or a sexual act will carry a prison sentence of up to three years.’
    • ‘People say that prostitution is the oldest profession and that I am not facing reality.’
    • ‘Since she is all for legalizing prostitution, I think she sees me as her enemy.’
    • ‘The government here should be pressured to decriminalize prostitution.’
    • ‘Many women are driven into street prostitution by poverty and drug addiction.’
    • ‘Some of its past efforts to clamp down on street prostitution have had bizarre consequences.’
    • ‘Well I don't think that the Health Department supports street prostitution in residential areas at all.’
    • ‘He practiced male prostitution, soliciting three to four customers on a weekend.’
    • ‘We are not on a moral crusade against prostitution, just street prostitution.’
    • ‘However, the impact of street prostitution on trade is a key issue which the police are aware of.’
    • ‘Their remaining options were sleeping on the streets, prostitution, crime and starvation.’
    • ‘Much discussion of prostitution is conducted on the premise that it is possible to eradicate it.’
    • ‘Locals contend that prostitution and crime are soaring as people find no other way to stay afloat.’
    whoring, the sex industry, streetwalking, mrs warren's profession, white slavery, sex tourism
    the oldest profession, the game, the trade
    rough trade
    hooking, hustling, the life
    courtesanship, harlotry, magdalenism, the social evil
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    1. 1.1The unworthy or corrupt use of one's talents for personal or financial gain.