adjective Etymology: Middle English, from Late Latin lasciviosus, from Latin lascivia wantonness, from lascivus wanton — more at lust Date: 15th century lewd, lustfullasciviously adverblasciviousness noun

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  • lascivious — las·civ·i·ous /lə si vē əs/ adj: reflecting or producing sexual desire or behavior esp. that is considered indecent or obscene lewd and lascivious behavior Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Lascivious — Las*civ i*ous (l[a^]s*s[i^]v [i^]*[u^]s), a. [L. lascivia wantonness, fr. lascivus wanton; cf. Gr. la stauros lecherous, lh^n to wish, Skr. lash to desire.] 1. Wanton; lewd; lustful; as, lascivious men; lascivious desires. Milton. [1913 Webster]… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lascivious — (adj.) mid 15c., from M.Fr. lascivieux or directly from L.L. lasciviosus (used in a scolding sense by Isidore and other early Church writers), from L. lascivia lewdness, playfulness, frolicsomeness, jolity, from lascivus lewd, playful, frolicsome …   Etymology dictionary

  • lascivious — lewd, *licentious, libertine, lustful, libidinous, lecherous, wanton Analogous words: *immoral, unmoral, amoral: sensual, *carnal, fleshly, animal: obscene, gross, *coarse Contrasted words: *chaste, pure, modest, decent: virtuous, * …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • lascivious — [adj] sexually aroused; displaying excessive interest in sex bawdy, blue, bodily, carnal, coarse, crude, evil minded, fast*, fleshly, gross*, hard core*, hot*, immoral, incontinent, indecent, lecherous, lewd, libertine, libidinous, licentious,… …   New thesaurus

  • lascivious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ feeling or showing an overt or offensive sexual desire. DERIVATIVES lasciviously adverb lasciviousness noun. ORIGIN from Latin lascivia lustfulness …   English terms dictionary

  • lascivious — [lə siv′ē əs] adj. [ME lascyuyous < ML lasciviosus < LL < L lascivia, wantonness < lascivus: see LUST] 1. characterized by or expressing lust or lewdness; wanton 2. tending to excite lustful desires lasciviously adv. lasciviousness n …   English World dictionary

  • Lascivious — In general use, lascivious is synonymous with lustful or lewd.Legal usageIn American legal jargon, lascivious is a semi technical term indicating immoral sexual thoughts or actions. It is often used in the legal description of criminal acts in… …   Wikipedia

  • lascivious — lasciviously, adv. lasciviousness, n. /leuh siv ee euhs/, adj. 1. inclined to lustfulness; wanton; lewd: a lascivious, girl chasing old man. 2. arousing sexual desire: lascivious photographs. 3. indicating sexual interest or expressive of lust or …   Universalium

  • lascivious — [[t]ləsɪ̱viəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) If you describe someone as lascivious, you disapprove of them because they show a very strong interest in sex. The man was lascivious, sexually perverted and insatiable. ...their lewd and lascivious… …   English dictionary

  • lascivious — I (New American Roget s College Thesaurus) adj. lustful, lewd, salacious, unchaste, wanton. See impurity. II (Roget s IV) modif. 1. [Filled with lust] Syn. lecherous, lustful, libidinous; see lewd 1 , 2 , sensual . 2. [Suggestive of intercourse]… …   English dictionary for students

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