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lewd

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adjective, lewd·er, lewd·est.
  1. inclined to, characterized by, or inciting to lust or lechery; lascivious.
  2. obscene or indecent, as language or songs; salacious.
  3. Obsolete.
    1. low, ignorant, or vulgar.
    2. base, vile, or wicked, especially of a person.
    3. bad, worthless, or poor, especially of a thing.
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Origin of lewd

before 900; Middle English leud, lewed, Old English lǣwede lay, unlearned
Related formslewd·ly, adverblewd·ness, noun
Can be confusedlewd obscene pornographic profanatory profane
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Examples from the Web for lewdness

Historical Examples

  • They are not the fruits of love but of a sexual union based on idleness and lewdness.

    The Sexual Question

    August Forel

  • Ye've followed him so long in lewdness that now yell follow him in conversion!

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Messalina, wife to the emperor Claudius, infamous for her lewdness.

  • And these games are reckoned devout in proportion to their lewdness.

    The City of God, Volume I

    Aurelius Augustine

  • By the French and Anglo-Saxon laws, lewdness was thus punished.


British Dictionary definitions for lewdness

lewd

adjective
  1. characterized by or intended to excite crude sexual desire; obscene
  2. obsolete
    1. wicked
    2. ignorant
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Derived Formslewdly, adverblewdness, noun

Word Origin

C14: from Old English lǣwde lay, ignorant; see lay ³
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Word Origin and History for lewdness

lewd

adj.

Old English læwede "nonclerical," of uncertain origin but probably ultimately from Vulgar Latin *laigo-, from Latin laicus (see lay (adj.)). Sense of "unlettered, uneducated" (early 13c.) descended to "coarse, vile, lustful" by late 14c. Related: Lewdly; lewdness.

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