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Magdalene

(3 syl.). An asylum for the reclaiming of prostitutes; so called from Mary Magdalene or Mary of Magdala, “out of whom Jesus cast seven devils.” A great profligate till she met with the Lord and Saviour.

Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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