of easy virtue

of easy virtue

Given to sexual promiscuity, especially in exchange for money. A derogatory euphemism said almost exclusively of a woman. Of course, a woman of easy virtue will be the first one to be blamed in such a situation, ostracized and condemned as she already is in the public eye. A: "I think that Lord Stewart is spending time with a lady of easy virtue." B: "No, surely not!"
See also: easy, of, virtue

of easy virtue

(of a woman) promiscuous.
Easy in the sense of ‘sexually compliant’ is found in Shakespeare 's Cymbeline: ‘Not a whit, Your lady being so easy’.
See also: easy, of, virtue
References in classic literature ?
There was one seedy French waiter, who was attempting to learn English in a house where he never heard anything but French; and the customers were a few ladies of easy virtue, a menage or two, who had their own napkins reserved for them, and a few queer men who came in for hurried, scanty meals.
His usual discourses treated of trotting horses, wine-parties in expensive restaurants, and the merits of persons of easy virtue, with a disarming artlessness of outlook.
Even a woman of easy virtue has a right to refuse to submit herself to sexual intercourse to anyone and everyone, because she is not a vulnerable object or prey for being sexually assaulted by anyone and everyone.
Dazzled by the hedonism of post-war Paris and seduced by the lure of money and success, he embarks on a decadent life of easy virtue and dodgy financial deals.
Here the decoys of the poor sailors - the ladies of easy virtue - resorted and by their wiles led poor Jack into them, and the sequel generally was his departure fleeced of every single dime and often minus the best part of his clothes.
Why is it politically incorrect, even criminal, for the lower orders to bawl racist epithets and hint that adversaries' mothers were of easy virtue, while nobody remonstrates with the same classes for labelling David Cameron as "Posh Boy" (unable to understand poverty's pinch), a useless Upper Class Twit (because he went to Eton and Oxford and employs a good tailor) and Chinless Wonder (because he was born to a wealthy background).
Unfortunately, there has been an attempt from some quarters to project the woman in question as one of easy virtue.
He says in Liverpool, uniquely, the word "tart" doesn't refer to ladies of easy virtue, "but is a very affectionate term" for a wife or girlfriend.
Still, speculation remains that Tiger has fallen out of love with golf, as well as big-breasted women of easy virtue.
It may be famed for its Goose Fair, but it is also notorious for its ladies of easy virtue.
At one time she would have been known as a scarlet women, a phrase from the Bible which by the 17th century had been adapted to mean a lady of easy virtue.
While male migrants were associated with violent crimes, migrant domestic workers were portrayed as women of easy virtue.
Supporting perfs are passable but not wowing, with Ornella Muti in a minor role as Nohan's mother recollected in flashback, and Hanna Schygulla as a ship's lady of easy virtue.