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Since it's not come up yet, you might consider the, relatively coy expression "Seamstress" "She was working as a seamstress, if you know what I mean."


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Along with the other fine examples here: Working Girl Woman of Easy Virtue


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The most commonly used polite terms in common use are escort and courtesan. A variety of other eufemisms exist but usually carry an automatic negative connotation. Here's a summary of synonyms as listed by @HotLicks: call girl, whore, hooker, working girl, lady of the evening, streetwalker, member of the oldest profession, moll, fille de joie, escort, ...


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the only skills I could make use of is that with my body [...] allowing them to drown in pleasure and forget the world which puts them down. If the protagonist uses her body as an instrument and firmly believes she is performing a service, that the sexual intercourse she sells is therapeutic then the heroine might need to coin a new term to reflect the ...


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I suggest 'Lady of the night'. It's an alternative form of 'Woman of the night', which is in turn a corruption of 'Belle-de-nuit', which is a french euphemism for a prostitute as well as the french term for a type of flower. Belle-de-nuit literally means 'beauty of the night', which sounds reasonably affectionate or polite. Alternatively 'Courtesan'. ...


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The space Western series Firefly featured a 26th century version of an escort or prostitute - a profession which enjoyed a high social standing. She was referred to as a Companion. As a metaphor, you could use this, with a bit of qualification if it's not obvious what is meant. A "companion for consideration" or a "professional companion" would be fairly ...


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There is a common noun, 'Magdalene' that would do. 'Daughter of Venus' might say it more kindly, though.


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The origin of the verb to prostitute is about exposing publicly and making stand. Around 100 years ago, the meaning was basically the same as today: someone who engages in (promiscuous/indiscriminate) sexual activity for some form of payment. Depending on the society and the time reactions vary. But aside from very specific historical/religious settings, and ...


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Someone else took my favorite, demimondaine, so I'll plump for courtesan, which literally means a woman who attends a royal court, the distaff equivalent of courtier, but has come to mean extremely high-end prostitute.


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Consider escort, in wiktionary's sense 7, “A sex worker who does not operate in a brothel, but with whom clients make appointments; a call girl or male equivalent”. Also consider demimonde, “A class of women kept by wealthy protectors; female prostitutes as a group”, and demimondaine, a woman of the demimonde. Also consider the phrase a professional.


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How about call girl, see urban dictionary, http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=call+girl. It is the most polite word for prostitute I've ever heard. Another one is "lady of the evening," although this is a trifle coy. Radical prostitutes of both genders sometimes call themselves "sex workers", see http://swop-nyc.org/. I don't know of any way to ...



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