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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Prostitute

PROS'TITUTE, verb transitive [Latin prostituo; pro and statuo, to set.]

1. To offer freely to a lewd use, or to indiscriminate lewdness.

Do not prostitute thy daughter. Leviticus 19:29.

2. To give up to any vile or infamous purpose; to devote to any thing base; to sell to wickedness; as, to prostitute talents to the propagation of infidel principles, to prostitute the press to the publication of blasphemy.

3. To offer or expose upon vile terms or to unworthy persons.

PROS'TITUTE, adjective Openly devoted to lewdness; sold to wickedness or to infamous purposes.

Made bold by want and prostitute for bread.

PROS'TITUTE, noun A female given to indiscriminate lewdness; a strumpet.

1. A base hireling; a mercenary; one who offers himself to infamous employments for hire.

No hireling she, no prostitute to praise.