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From Middle English horedom, hordom, from Old Norse hórdómr, ultimately corresponding to whore +‎ -dom. Cognate with Swedish hordom (whoredom), Middle Dutch hoerdom (whoredom).



whoredom (usually uncountable, plural whoredoms)

  1. The state of being a whore, prostitution; sexual indulgence, fornication. [from 12th c.]
    Synonym: harlotry
    • 1611, The Holy Bible, [] (King James Version), London: [] Robert Barker, [], OCLC 964384981, Genesis 38:24:
      And it came to pass about three months after, that it was told Judah, saying, Tamar thy daughter in law hath played the harlot; and also, behold, she is with child by whoredom. And Judah said, Bring her forth, and let her be burnt.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 2, in A Cuckoo in the Nest[1]:
      Mother [] considered that the exclusiveness of Peter's circle was due not to its distinction, but to the fact that it was an inner Babylon of prodigality and whoredom, from which every Kensingtonian held aloof, except on the conventional tip-and-run excursions in pursuit of shopping, tea and theatres.
    • 1930, Pickthall, Marmaduke, The Meaning of the Glorious Koran, translation of The Qur'an, surah 24, verse 33:
      Force not your slave-girls to whoredom that ye may seek enjoyment of the life of the world, if they would preserve their chastity.
    • 2012, Faramerz Dabhoiwala, The Origins of Sex, Penguin 2013, p. 14:
      the most enthusiastic punishers of whoredom were often the most evangelical Protestants, who sought the ever-further purification of society (‘Puritans’, as they came to be called in England).