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noun, plural lech·er·ies.
  1. unrestrained or excessive indulgence of sexual desire.
  2. a lecherous act.
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Origin of lechery

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


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  • There are worse faults to be laid to his account than lechery and extravagance.

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    Frank Harris

  • Lechery and gambling are two of his vices, and the third is drinking.

  • The seventh is goat-drunk, when in his drunkenness he hath no mind but on lechery.

  • Less force to labour, and more to lechery; that's the sum of it.

  • For that it brent it was a sign of lechery, the which was that time much used.

British Dictionary definitions for lechery


noun plural -eries
  1. 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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