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lascivious

[luh-siv-ee-uh s]
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adjective
  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 lewdness: a lascivious gesture.
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Origin of lascivious

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin lascīvi(a) playfulness, wantonness (lascīv(us) playful, wanton + -ia -ia) + -ous
Related formslas·civ·i·ous·ly, adverblas·civ·i·ous·ness, nouno·ver·las·civ·i·ous, adjectiveo·ver·las·civ·i·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·las·civ·i·ous·ness, noun
Can be confusedlascivious licentious
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British Dictionary definitions for lasciviousness

lascivious

adjective
  1. lustful; lecherous
  2. exciting sexual desire
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Derived Formslasciviously, adverblasciviousness, noun

Word Origin

C15: from Late Latin lascīviōsus, from Latin lascīvia wantonness, from lascīvus
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Word Origin and History for lasciviousness

lascivious

adj.

mid-15c., from Middle French lascivieux or directly from Late Latin lasciviosus (used in a scolding sense by Isidore and other early Church writers), from Latin lascivia "lewdness, playfulness, frolicsomeness, jolity," from lascivus "lewd, playful, frolicsome, wanton," from PIE *las-ko-, from *las- "to be eager, wanton, or unruly" (cf. Sanskrit -lasati "yearns," lasati "plays, frolics," Hittite ilaliya- "to desire, covet," Greek laste "harlot," Old Church Slavonic laska "flattery," Slovak laska "love," Old Irish lainn "greedy," Gothic lustus, Old English lust "lust"). Related: Lasciviously; lasciviousness. In 17c. also with a verbal form, lasciviate.

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