[ luh-siv-ee-uh s ]
/ ləˈsɪv i əs /


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.

Origin of lascivious

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

Related forms

Can be confused

lascivious licentious Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lasciviously

  • He went on lasciviously, for the sake of the pleasure so to be had.

    Lore of Proserpine|Maurice Hewlett

British Dictionary definitions for lasciviously


/ (ləˈsɪvɪəs) /


lustful; lecherous
exciting sexual desire

Derived Forms

lasciviously, adverblasciviousness, noun

Word Origin for lascivious

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