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A house of prostitution.
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an archaic word for brothel
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(ˈbɔ diˌhaʊs)

n., pl. -hous•es (-ˌhaʊ zɪz)
a brothel.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bawdyhouse - a building where prostitutes are availablebawdyhouse - a building where prostitutes are available
building, edifice - a structure that has a roof and walls and stands more or less permanently in one place; "there was a three-story building on the corner"; "it was an imposing edifice"
massage parlor - a place where illicit sex is available under the guise of therapeutic massage
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(archaic) [ˈbɔːdɪhaʊs] N (bawdyhouses) [ˈbɔːdɪhaʊzɪz] (pl) → mancebía f
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References in classic literature ?
Worse than this, the woman lived in a bawdyhouse downtown, with a coarse, red-faced Irishman named Connor, who was the boss of the loading-gang outside, and would make free with the girls as they went to and from their work.
In Toronto, the shattering blow to the social contract of the closet came in 1981 when police simultaneously raided all the gay baths in the city, arresting nearly 300 men on bawdyhouse charges.
(147) Similar to its holding on the bawdyhouse provision, the Court of Appeal decided that this provision was not arbitrary, but it was overbroad and grossly disproportionate in view of this objective.
Those who believe that "unguided evolution" can explain it all, as Plantinga astutely observes, "but who then raise their hands in self-righteous epistemic horror at the alleged epistemic excesses of theists, are like a bawdyhouse proprietor who is scandalized by the R-rated film shown in the theater next door" (60)!
Moreover, removal of the bawdyhouse provisions would likely change the nature of the services offered in these establishments, the locations where municipally regulated sexual services are offered (i.e., a shift towards regulating home-based businesses) and the type and character of promotion and advertisement by sex work businesses--all of which is likely to instigate reconsideration and expansion of the municipal laws currently in force.
Renewed Orders for the keeping of order in the theatres were issued in the 1664-1665 Season and again in May of 1668, soon after the Bawdyhouse riots occurred (70; 96).
As well, "Everyone who is an inmate of a common bawdy-house, is found, without lawful excuse, in a common bawdy-house, or as owner, landlord, lessor, tenant, occupier, agent or otherwise having charge or control of any place, knowingly permits the place or any part thereof to be let or used for the purposes of a common bawdyhouse, is guilty of an offence punishable on summary conviction."
They arrested thirteen patrons, charging them with being "found in a common bawdyhouse".
Moreover, Olga's and the women's destruction of the company's bawdyhouse constitutes a rebellion against state and commercial use of biopower and the company's monopolization of sex.
Some authors who have written about this subject will not take fowlers, fishermen, cooks, bawdyhouse keepers, or any other sort of people who make an occupation of pleasure or sport; they prefer plowmen, smiths, farriers, carpenters, butchers, hunters, and such occupations.
But again this movement does not amount to much, as the overwhelming urge is a double one, to reject and to appropriate, not to incorporate.(17) The male characters themselves continue to think in patriarchal terms, imposing their codes on the experience of childbirth: "the brave woman had manfully helped," and had "fought the good fight." They themselves are off to the Bawdyhouse; having penetrated a more private women's space and filled it with their very masculine voices, they move on to the one public space in Dublin that women would seem to rule, most explicitly in terms of exchange.
[the] Bawdyhouse." The possessor of fiction has a privileged "viewing" of women's secrets placed in his most convenient and intimate spaces.