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lascivious

[ luh-siv-ee-uhs ]
/ ləˈsɪv i əs /
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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.

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Origin of lascivious

First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English, from Latin lascīvi(a) “playfulness, wantonness” (lascīv(us) “playful, wanton” + -ia noun suffix) + -ous;see -ia
las·civ·i·ous·ly, adverblas·civ·i·ous·ness, nouno·ver·las·civ·i·ous, adjectiveo·ver·las·civ·i·ous·ly, adverb
lascivious , licentious
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  • A throng of genii and other fantastic spirits of either sex danced lasciviously at the sound of music which issued from beneath.

  • Serpents' filth and evil odour, the distance concealed from me: and that a lizard's craft prowled thereabouts lasciviously.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra|Friedrich Nietzsche
  • He went on lasciviously, for the sake of the pleasure so to be had.

    Lore of Proserpine|Maurice Hewlett

British Dictionary definitions for lascivious

lascivious
/ (ləˈsɪvɪəs) /

adjective

lustful; lecherous
exciting sexual desire
lasciviously, adverblasciviousness, noun
C15: from Late Latin lascīviōsus, from Latin lascīvia wantonness, from lascīvus
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