Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Given to or expressing lust; lecherous.
  • adj. Exciting sexual desires; salacious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Wanton; lewd, driven by lust, lustful.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Wanton; lewd; lustful
  • adj. Tending to produce voluptuous or lewd emotions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Wanton; lewd; lustful: as, lascivious men; lascivious desires.
  • Tending to excite voluptuous emotions; luxurious.
  • Synonyms Lecherous, libidinous, licentious, lewd, lustful, salacious, unchaste, incontinent.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. driven by lust; preoccupied with or exhibiting lustful desires

Etymologies

Middle English, from Late Latin lascīviōsus, from Latin lascīvia, lewdness, playfulness, from lascīvus, lustful, playful; see las- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin lascīviōsus, from lascīvia ("sportiveness, lustfulness"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • You do not participate in lascivious deviant sexual behavior

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  • As the narrator cleans the mansion of his dead employer, the reader learns of Kaji's predilection for cloning dead celebrities and engaging in lascivious acts.

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  • I could undersatnd why the author uses condolence taking the word lascivious into mind.

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  • As ridiculous it sounds to knock out Cougars because of its popularization as a term for lascivious middle-aged women, I actually can understand why the board didn't want the term.

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  • I’m thinking that a moratorium on all things licentious and lascivious is in order but how does one go about instituting that?

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  • "May we meet again," answered the Cardassian woman with a smile that could only be called lascivious.

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  • Resh soothed them absently, stroking them in a way even human would call lascivious.

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  • That is how much money they were willing to accept to give up all the privileges of whiteness: the ability to not suffer from racial profiling, not to be shot to death in a hail of 50 bullets fired at you; not to be called lascivious/wanton/aggressive because of 400+ year-old stereotypes; not to be questioned on your intellect; not to be written off before you even get your foot in the door; not to be followed nor harassed while shopping; not have your voice dismissed or disregarded in a group where you are the only Black; not to have to teach your children to navigate the systemic racism that affects their lives on a daily basis.

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  • Laurence, [2994] prostibulum faeminae Messalina the empress, that by philters, and such kind of lascivious meats, use all means to [2995] enable themselves: and brag of it in the end, confodi multas enim, occidi vero paucas per ventrem vidisti, as that

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  • Others have banned Dionysian rituals such as lascivious costume balls and Princeton's Nude Olympics.

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  • Your are of Cleopatra’s private counsel,
    Of her bed-counsel, her lascivious hours;
    Are conscious of each nightly change she makes,
    And watch her, as Chaldæans do the moon,
    Can tell what signs she passes through, what day.

    - John Dryden, 'All for Love'.

    September 20, 2009

  • A girl of your physical... assets might find herself lured into the lascivious arms of a sexualist


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    September 13, 2007