[ lech-uh-ree ]
/ ˈlɛtʃ ə ri /

noun, plural lech·er·ies.

unrestrained or excessive indulgence of sexual desire.
a lecherous act.

Nearby words

  1. lechayim,
  2. lecher,
  3. lecher wires,
  4. lecherous,
  5. lecherously,
  6. lechosos opal,
  7. lechuguilla,
  8. lechwe,
  9. lecithal,
  10. lecithic

Origin of lechery

1200–50; Middle English lecherie < Old French. See lecher, -y3

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/ (ˈlɛtʃərɪ) /

noun plural -eries

unrestrained and promiscuous sexuality
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Word Origin and History for lechery



c.1200, from Old French lecherie "impertinence, deceit," from lecheor (see lecher).

The priests had excellent cause to forbid us lechery: this injunction, by reserving to them acquaintance with and absolution for these private sins, gave them an incredible ascendancy over women, and opened up to them a career of lubricity whose scope knew no limits. [Marquis de Sade, "Philosophy in the Bedroom"]
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