Licentiousness
Licentious Li*cen"tious (-sh[u^]s), a. [L. licentiosus: cf. F. licencieux. See {License}.] 1. Characterized by license; passing due bounds; excessive; abusive of freedom; wantonly offensive; as, a licentious press. [1913 Webster]

A wit that no licentious pertness knows. --Savage. [1913 Webster]

2. Unrestrained by law or morality; lawless; immoral; dissolute; lewd; lascivious; as, a licentious man; a licentious life. ``Licentious wickedness.'' --Shak. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Unrestrained; uncurbed; uncontrolled; unruly; riotous; ungovernable; wanton; profligate; dissolute; lax; loose; sensual; impure; unchaste; lascivious; immoral. [1913 Webster] -- {Li*cen"tious*ly}, adv. -- {Li*cen"tious*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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