- inclined to, characterized by, or inciting to lust or lechery; lascivious.
- obscene or indecent, as language or songs; salacious.
- low, ignorant, or vulgar.
- base, vile, or wicked, especially of a person.
- bad, worthless, or poor, especially of a thing.
Origin of lewd
Examples from the Web for lewdness
They are not the fruits of love but of a sexual union based on idleness and lewdness.The Sexual Question
Ye've followed him so long in lewdness that now yell follow him in conversion!The Lion's Skin
Messalina, wife to the emperor Claudius, infamous for her lewdness.
And these games are reckoned devout in proportion to their lewdness.The City of God, Volume I
By the French and Anglo-Saxon laws, lewdness was thus punished.La Sorcire: The Witch of the Middle Ages
- characterized by or intended to excite crude sexual desire; obscene
Word Origin and History for lewdness
Old English læwede "nonclerical," of uncertain origin but probably ultimately from Vulgar Latin *laigo-, from Latin laicus (see lay (adj.)). Sense of "unlettered, uneducated" (early 13c.) descended to "coarse, vile, lustful" by late 14c. Related: Lewdly; lewdness.