Definition of prostitute in English:
- 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.
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- 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.
- 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'.
constitution from Middle English:
A constitution once referred to a law, as well as to a body of laws or customs. It comes from Latin constituere ‘establish, appoint’ from con- ‘together’ and statuere ‘set up, place’. The latter is a rich source of English words including destitute (Late Middle English) literally ‘placed away’ so forsaken; institute (Middle English) something set up or established; restitution (Middle English) a re-establishing; statue (Middle English) something set up; and substitute (Late Middle English) someone set up instead of another. Prostitute (mid 16th century) comes from Latin prostituere ‘expose publicly, offer for sale’, from pro- ‘before’ and statuere ‘set up, place’.
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