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dem·i·monde

 (dĕm′ē-mŏnd′)
n.
1.
a. A class of women supported by wealthy lovers and considered to be promiscuous or otherwise unrespectable.
b. Women prostitutes considered as a group.
2. A group whose respectability is dubious: the literary demimonde of ghostwriters, hacks, and publicists. Also called demiworld.

[French demi-monde : demi-, demi- + monde, world (from Latin mundus).]
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demimonde

(ˌdɛmɪˈmɒnd; French dəmimɔ̃d)
n
1. (Sociology) (esp in the 19th century) those women considered to be outside respectable society, esp on account of sexual promiscuity
2. (Sociology) any social group considered to be not wholly respectable
[C19: from French, literally: half-world]
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dem•i•monde

(ˈdɛm iˌmɒnd)

n.
1. a class of women who have lost standing in respectable society because of indiscretion or promiscuity but have wealthy lovers.
2. a demimondaine.
3. prostitutes; courtesans.
4. any group which has lost respectablity or lacks status.
[1850–55; < French, =demi- demi- + monde world (< Latin mundus)]
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.demimonde - a class of woman not considered respectable because of indiscreet or promiscuous behavior
social class, socio-economic class, stratum, class - people having the same social, economic, or educational status; "the working class"; "an emerging professional class"
demimondaine - a woman whose sexual promiscuity places her outside respectable society
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Translations

demimonde

[ˌdemɪˈmɒːnd] Nmujeres fpl mundanas
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demimonde

nHalbwelt f
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References in classic literature ?
The third circle with which Anna had ties was preeminently the fashionable world--the world of balls, of dinners, of sumptuous dresses, the world that hung on to the court with one hand, so as to avoid sinking to the level of the demi-monde. For the demi-monde the members of that fashionable world believed that they despised, though their tastes were not merely similar, but in fact identical.
Some of the women and young girls that entered the train we knew to be of the demi-monde, but others we were not at all sure about.
She was like a study in undernotes, and yet"--Lovell paused a moment--"and yet no Spanish dancing woman, whose dark eyes and voluptuous figure have won her the crown of the demi-monde, ever possessed that innate and mystic gift of kindling passion like that woman.
And then there is the 'Demi-Monde of Zeenat', the girl he met at a Lahore party, whose cherry-red lips, painted nails, cigarette and whisky breath leap out of the pages as she takes Wilkinson and his brother Chev to society parties where her friends greet each other with Punjabi abuse.
Turning viewer into voyeur, they epitomise an uncomfortable reality: a society in which Venus is no goddess -- but the grisette, the artist's model or mistress, the working girl, whether seamstress, milliner or shop assistant -- and her domain, one that hovers uncertainly between respectability and the shady world of the demi-monde.
Timon is a wild party girl (another twist on the male-led original) with an open house and non-stop gifts for the venal demi-monde she calls her friends.
But Amory is hungry for more and her search for life, love and artistic expression will take her to the demi-monde of 1920s Berlin, New York in the 1930s, the Blackshirt riots in London, and France during the Second World War, where she becomes one of the first women war photographers.
Author Kameel Nasr, an international adventurer and art connoisseur, shines a penetrating light on the motives, habits, and sometimes less-than-noble intentions in the demi-monde of world-class art collecting.
In 1878, a promising young writer named Emile Zola was researching the background to a novel which he wished to set in the Parisian demi-monde. Delabigne invited him to one of her stylish dinner parties and he repaid her kindness by immortalising her as the stupid and venal Nana.
So there's something unexpectedly cool about Sebastian Schipper's 2015 feature "Victoria." Over 130-odd minutes, cinematographer Sturla Brandth Gr?vlen follows the eponymous heroine around nocturnal Berlin as she parties, meets four young men, flirts a little and is drawn into the city's criminal demi-monde.
Among the bohemians and the demi-monde, Sandrine discovers her erotic nature as a lover and painter.
There are still, thankfully, lots of honest, honourable businesses out there, but there's also a frightening, overcrowded digital demi-monde. Similarly, international trade is absolutely fine, but do we really want the next generation of monster vessels: 20 storeys high, the width of an eight-lane motorway and capable of carrying 18,000 containers?