den of iniquity

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Unclear, but perhaps inspired by the "den of thieves" in the KJV Bible.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Noun[edit]

den of iniquity (plural dens of iniquity)

  1. (idiomatic) A place of immoral behavior, often of a sexual type.
    • 1840, George Dabney, "The History of an Adventurer":
      The young men made their preparations with alacrity, and, headed by this western patriarch, we proceeded at a rapid gait to surprize the tenants of this den of iniquity.
    • 1944Robert Howard, Texas John Alden:
      "Shet up!" I snarled. "I'm jest payin' yuh back for all the pain and humiliation I suffered in this den of iniquity--"