- sexually unrestrained; lascivious; libertine; lewd.
- unrestrained by law or general morality; lawless; immoral.
- going beyond customary or proper bounds or limits; disregarding rules.
Origin of licentious
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Examples from the Web for licentious
For Shaftel this kind of licentious behavior amounts to “conspicuous consumption disguised as urbanity.”Don’t Diss the Beauty of Brunch: Defending Our Favorite Meal
October 15, 2014
“Licentious and immoral practices seem to get great head amongst young people,” he preached.The Hellish Sermons of Jonathan Edwards, Malign Evangelist
Matthew Paul Turner
August 24, 2014
He also accuses Isabel of repeatedly trying to seduce him, although he supposedly refused to succumb to her licentious ways.Mark Twain's Sex Toys
Laura Skandera Trombley
June 9, 2010
And shame on Tiger, for another kind of promiscuity—the licentious use of his father.The Psychological Strategy of the Tiger Ad and Why It Will Backfire
April 9, 2010
Or would you ascertain whether he is licentious by putting your wife or daughter into his hands?Laws
Cicero was of low birth, and Metellus was the son of a licentious woman.
Query, Is this not encouraging the Inhabitants in their licentious and riotous disposition?The Siege of Boston
I refrained from expressing my abhorrence of that licentious doctrine because of my curiosity.A Set of Six
Heretical worship was of a most licentious as well as disgusting kind.The Superstitions of Witchcraft</p>
- sexually unrestrained or promiscuous
- rare showing disregard for convention
Word Origin and History for licentious
"morally unrestrained," 1530s, from Medieval Latin licentiosus "full of license, unrestrained," from Latin licentia (see license). Related: Licentiously; licentiousness.