lascivious

[ luh-siv-ee-uh s ]
/ ləˈsɪv i əs /

adjective

inclined to lustfulness; wanton; lewd: a lascivious, girl-chasing old man.
arousing sexual desire: lascivious photographs.
indicating sexual interest or expressive of lust or lewdness: a lascivious gesture.

Nearby words

  1. lasagne,
  2. lasalle,
  3. lascar,
  4. lascaux,
  5. lascaux cave,
  6. lasdun,
  7. lase,
  8. laser,
  9. laser beam,
  10. laser card

Origin of lascivious

1400–50; late Middle English < Latin lascīvi(a) playfulness, wantonness (lascīv(us) playful, wanton + -ia -ia) + -ous

Related forms
Can be confusedlascivious licentious

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British Dictionary definitions for lascivious

lascivious

/ (ləˈsɪvɪəs) /

adjective

lustful; lecherous
exciting sexual desire
Derived Formslasciviously, adverblasciviousness, noun

Word Origin for lascivious

C15: from Late Latin lascīviōsus, from Latin lascīvia wantonness, from lascīvus

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Word Origin and History for lascivious

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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