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house of ill fame

Syllabification: house of ill fame
(also house of ill repute)

Definition of house of ill fame in English:

noun

archaic or humorous
A brothel.
Example sentences
  • For its madam, it's a reputable house of ill repute, the seemingly incongruous respectable brothel.
  • Wandering down the stairs of the high-class restaurant you enter the darkened caverns of a former house of ill repute, pictures of working girls adorn the walls and the alcoves where they plied their trade remain untouched.
  • As immigrants streamed into the outskirts of Buenos Aires during the 1880s, many came toward the houses of ill repute.

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