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.

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Origin of lascivious

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

OTHER WORDS FROM lascivious

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH lascivious

lascivious licentious
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British Dictionary definitions for lasciviousness

lascivious
/ (ləˈsɪvɪəs) /

adjective

lustful; lecherous
exciting sexual desire

Derived forms of lascivious

lasciviously, adverblasciviousness, noun

Word Origin for lascivious

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