- unrestrained or excessive indulgence of sexual desire.
- a lecherous act.
Origin of lechery
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1. carnality, lust, promiscuity.
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Examples from the Web for lechery
There are worse faults to be laid to his account than lechery and extravagance.The Man Shakespeare
Lechery and gambling are two of his vices, and the third is drinking.A History of Caricature and Grotesque
The seventh is goat-drunk, when in his drunkenness he hath no mind but on lechery.Nineteen Centuries of Drink in England
Richard Valpy French
Less force to labour, and more to lechery; that's the sum of it.The Last of the Vikings
For that it brent it was a sign of lechery, the which was that time much used.Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume II (of II)
- unrestrained and promiscuous sexuality
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Word Origin and History for lechery
c.1200, from Old French lecherie "impertinence, deceit," from lecheor (see lecher).
The priests had excellent cause to forbid us lechery: this injunction, by reserving to them acquaintance with and absolution for these private sins, gave them an incredible ascendancy over women, and opened up to them a career of lubricity whose scope knew no limits. [Marquis de Sade, "Philosophy in the Bedroom"]
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