a throwing off of sexual restraint; lewd character or behavior: The Hays Code tried to stamp out all lust and licentiousness in American film.
wanton disregard or transgression of laws, rules, or moral norms: Freedom entails responsibilities, or else it degenerates into licentiousness.
- non·li·cent·ious·ness, noun
- o·ver·li·cent·ious·ness, noun
- un·li·cen·tious·ness, noun
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How to use licentiousness in a sentence
In general Bond—first brought to life long ago in Ian Fleming’s novels—is a fantasy figure of freedom and licentiousness, but Craig is the only truly erotic Bond.No Time to Die Is an Imperfect Movie. But It’s a Perfect Finale for the Best James Bond Ever | Stephanie Zacharek | September 29, 2021 | Time
The sexual licentiousness of the 1960s, the continued expansion of federal power and the war in Vietnam again reinforced this sense.Breaking evangelical resistance to coronavirus vaccines will be hard | Matthew Sutton | May 21, 2021 | Washington Post
They fall from their ranks and mix with them in wild licentiousness.The Backstory of ‘Noah’ Is Full of Giants, Horny Angels, and a Grieving God | Tim Townsend | March 28, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
But the show is deeply concerned with her growing up as a proxy for American capitalism and licentiousness.‘Mad Men,’ ‘Game of Thrones,’ ‘The Americans’: Reading Prestige TV Dramas as YA Fiction | Alyssa Rosenberg | April 10, 2013 | THE DAILY BEAST
And something called “crowd licentiousness” (what some might call swinging) remains a crime on the books.Lei Zhengfu Sex Tape: China Mesmerized by Once-Taboo Topics of Politics and Porn | Melinda Liu | November 28, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
The conservative narrative would be built around some idea of liberal licentiousness or sloth or some such.Quasi-Random Responses to Comments from the Previous Thread | Michael Tomasky | August 29, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
That in these dark retreats, secluded from censure, and from the knowledge of the world, they might riot in licentiousness.
Hobbes's politics are fitted only to promote tyranny, and his ethics to encourage licentiousness.
In this crude manner they turn the liberty of the spirit into wantonness and licentiousness.Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians | Martin Luther
In our days the increase of licentiousness is but the result of having rejected the Truth of God.The Prophet Ezekiel | Arno C. Gaebelein
The first is the terribly prevalent and everywhere tolerated licentiousness of men.The College, the Market, and the Court | Caroline H. Dall