commerce


commerce
   copulation
   Literally, exchange or dealings between people, but long used of copulation, especially if it is outside marriage. Sexual commerce is explicit. Sinful commerce is not thieving or receiving stolen goods but copulating with a prostitute:
    Jenny the tavern-girl was not alone in this world of sinful commerce. (Monsarrat, 1978, writing in archaic style)

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  • commerce — [ kɔmɛrs ] n. m. • commerque 1370; lat. commercium, de merx → marchand I ♦ 1 ♦ Opération, activité d achat et de revente (en l état ou après transformation) d un produit, d une valeur; par ext. Prestation de certains services. Acte, opération de… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • commerce — COMMERCE. sub. masc. Trafic, négoce de marchandises, d argent, soit en gros, soit en détail. La liberté, la facilité du commerce. Établir, rétablir le commerce. Cela fait rouler le commerce. Défendre, interdire le commerce. La Paix entretient le… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • commerce — com·merce n 1: the exchange or buying and selling of goods, commodities, property, or services esp. on a large scale and involving transportation from place to place: trade (2) see also commerce clause; fair labor standards act in the important… …   Law dictionary

  • commerce — com‧merce [ˈkɒmɜːs ǁ ˈkɑːmɜːrs] noun [uncountable] COMMERCE 1. the buying and selling of goods and services; = TRADE: • Modern computing facilities are very much in demand by industry and commerce. • a guide to English for Commerce ˌinternational …   Financial and business terms

  • commerce — Commerce. s. m. Trafic, negoce de marchandises, d argent, soit en gros, soit en destail. La liberté, la facilité du commerce. establir, restablir le commerce. cela fait rouler le commerce. defendre, interdire le commerce. la paix entretient le… …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • Commerce — steht für: Commerce (Métro Paris), Station des Pariser Métrosystems Commerce (Zeitschrift) Commerce ist der Name mehrerer Orte in den Vereinigten Staaten: Commerce (Alabama) Commerce (Georgia) Commerce (Iowa) Commerce (Kalifornien) Commerce… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Commerce — Commerce, CA U.S. city in California Population (2000): 12568 Housing Units (2000): 3377 Land area (2000): 6.567812 sq. miles (17.010555 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.004868 sq. miles (0.012607 sq. km) Total area (2000): 6.572680 sq. miles… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places

  • Commerce — Ciudad de los Estados Unidos …   Wikipedia Español

  • Commerce — Com merce, n. Note: (Formerly accented on the second syllable.) [F. commerce, L. commercium; com + merx, mercis, merchandise. See {Merchant}.] 1. The exchange or buying and selling of commodities; esp. the exchange of merchandise, on a large… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Commerce — Com*merce (? or ?), v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Commerced}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Commercing}.] [Cf. F. commercer, fr. LL. commerciare.] 1. To carry on trade; to traffic. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] Beware you commerce not with bankrupts. B. Jonson. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Commerce, CA — U.S. city in California Population (2000): 12568 Housing Units (2000): 3377 Land area (2000): 6.567812 sq. miles (17.010555 sq. km) Water area (2000): 0.004868 sq. miles (0.012607 sq. km) Total area (2000): 6.572680 sq. miles (17.023162 sq. km)… …   StarDict's U.S. Gazetteer Places


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