This is an interesting word. You don’t really hear it much. I suppose you still could apply it in some form of context, but everyone would look at your like you had nine heads. Ultimately, the word has negative connotations. But since the noun is derived from France, it sounds non-threatening. Hell, it even sounds downright smart and hip — wait, wait, not with the hipster shit again. Just kidding. But anyway, here we go.
As defined by Dictionary.com:
1. (especially during the last half of the 19th century) a class of women who have lost their standing in respectable society because of indiscreet behavior or sexual promiscuity.
2. a demimondaine.
3. prostitutes or courtesans in general.
4. a group whose activities are ethically or legally questionable: a demimonde of investigative journalists writing for the sensationalist tabloids.
5. a group characterized by lack of success or status: the literary demimonde.
Use in a Sentence:
1.) “After Doris had the affair with Jon Steede, everyone in town branded her a demimonde. As a result, she was blackballed from attending local social events.”
2.) “Why is it in this day and age, if guy sleeps around, he’s a God; when a girl sleeps around; she’s a demimonde?”
3.) “Anthony thought it would be cool to go to the Red Light district to pick up a demimonde. He just forgot to bring his wallet with him.”
4.) “A demimonde of politicians in Washington made shady deals to insource Chinese immigrants to work in U.S. based factories, paying them on a fraction of the current minimum wage.”
5.) Big Star’s lack of success, left them with the reputation of a demimonde.
6.) Everyone in Ohio branded Charlie Manson’s mother as a demimonde — a loose woman.