from Latin meretrīcius (from meretrīc-, meretrix harlot, fem. agent-n. from merērī to earn money, serve for hire
1751 - The Enthusiasm of Methodists and Papists Compared, George Lavington;
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From: The Enthusiasm of Methodists and Papists Compared.
By George Lavington,
Vol. II, 1754
Infested Feasts, and most execrably sacred Rites.