- 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 licentiousness
But the show is deeply concerned with her growing up as a proxy for American capitalism and licentiousness.‘Mad Men,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Americans’: Reading Prestige TV Dramas as YA Fiction
April 10, 2013
Flirtation has its origin either in dishonesty or licentiousness.The Wedding Ring
T. De Witt Talmage
When good, they constitute virtue; when bad, licentiousness.
They were always gamblers and the devotees of licentiousness.The Root of Evil
They set apart one day in ten, not for religion, but for idleness and licentiousness.Popular Education
Drunkenness and licentiousness are frequently the heritage of posterity.Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners
- sexually unrestrained or promiscuous
- rare showing disregard for convention
Word Origin and History for licentiousness
"morally unrestrained," 1530s, from Medieval Latin licentiosus "full of license, unrestrained," from Latin licentia (see license). Related: Licentiously; licentiousness.