adjective, lewd·er, lewd·est.
- low, ignorant, or vulgar.
- base, vile, or wicked, especially of a person.
- bad, worthless, or poor, especially of a thing.
Origin of lewd
Examples from the Web for lewdness
I have not permitted myself any lewdness or abusive word in the house of veracity.The Pharaoh and the Priest|Alexander Glovatski
But he did not sink into lewdness and vice, under the pressure of his adverse circumstances.Golden Steps to Respectability, Usefulness and Happiness|John Mather Austin
By the French and Anglo-Saxon laws, lewdness was thus punished.La Sorcire: The Witch of the Middle Ages|Jules Michelet
In my absence, loosening the cord of the obi, secretly you indulge your lewdness.The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari|James S. De Benneville
Messalina, wife to the emperor Claudius, infamous for her lewdness.
British Dictionary definitions for lewdness
Word Origin for lewd
Word Origin and History for lewdness
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.