- 1A person, typically a woman, who engages in sexual activity for payment.More example sentences
- Others attended the ‘circuses’ in which prostitutes performed sexual stunts.
- He had, once he had achieved adolescence, moved from prostitute to prostitute, whore to whore, but he had never yet known love.
- Such laws effectively deny prostitutes the right to work indoors in a warm, safe, and clean place.
- 1.1A person who misuses their talents or who sacrifices their self-respect for the sake of personal or financial gain: careerist political prostitutesMore example sentences
- During the coming months there will be many political prostitutes and opportunists emerging like crabs from the muddy filth of deception and greed.
- I want to see philosopher kings, not political prostitutes pandering to special interests.
- Or is this essentially a squabble among the political prostitutes of corporate America over the best method for conducting their sordid business?
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- 1Offer (someone, typically a woman) for sexual activity in exchange for payment: although she was paid $15 to join a man at his table, she never prostituted herselfMore example sentences
- The local bartender runs a brothel, prostituting his own wife for kicks.
- He prostituted his wife and forced his children to beg to support his drug habit.
- He also describes him as a cruel and wicked leader who prostituted his daughter when he ran short of money.
- 1.1Put (oneself or one’s talents) to an unworthy or corrupt use or purpose for the sake of personal or financial gain: his willingness to prostitute himself to the worst instincts of the electorateMore example sentences
- The wilderness towns gaily prostitute themselves to such people.
- The day-to-day experiences of persons who are prostituting themselves are equally bleak.
- If she does, it will not be because she has prostituted her talents like most modern female ‘pop stars’.
mid 16th century (as a verb): from Latin prostitut- 'exposed publicly, offered for sale', from the verb prostituere, from pro- 'before' + statuere 'set up, place'.