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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR HARLOT

Is he not attired as becometh the bridegroom of the harlot of Rome?

Leave your theory, as Joseph his coat in the hand of the harlot, and flee.

Would that harlot know, would she suspect that 'twas your hand did this?

Ukhatu is a name for a harlot devoted to the worship of Ishtar.

A harlot's daughter you are, my dear; you must be a harlot too if you want to become anything at all.

It is contrary to the laws of nature for a man to love a harlot.

What plummet can sound the depths of a woman's fall who has become a harlot?

Now your face looks like the bailiff's when he called me a harlot.

No, you thought I was an angel who was longing to be your harlot.

And it is not safe to accuse a harlot of stealing and lying.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1200 (late 12c. in surnames), "vagabond, man of no fixed occupation, idle rogue," from Old French herlot, arlot "vagabond, tramp" (usually male in Middle English and Old French), with forms in Old Provençal (arlot), Old Spanish (arlote), and Italian (arlotto); of unknown origin. Used in both positive and pejorative senses by Chaucer; applied in Middle English to jesters, buffoons, jugglers, later to actors. Sense of "prostitute, unchaste woman" probably had developed by 14c., certainly by early 15c., but this was reinforced by use as euphemism for "strumpet, whore" in 16c. translations of the Bible. The word may be Germanic, with an original sense of "camp follower," if the first element is hari "army," as some suspect.

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