licentious

[ lahy-sen-shuhs ]
/ laɪˈsɛn ʃəs /

adjective

sexually unrestrained; lascivious; libertine; lewd.
unrestrained by law or general morality; lawless; immoral.
going beyond customary or proper bounds or limits; disregarding rules.

Nearby words

  1. licensed practical nurse,
  2. licensed vocational nurse,
  3. licensee,
  4. licensure,
  5. licentiate,
  6. licentiously,
  7. licet,
  8. lich,
  9. lich gate,
  10. lich stone

Origin of licentious

First recorded in 1525–35, licentious is from the Latin word licentiōsus unrestrained. See license, -ous

Related forms
Can be confusedlascivious licentious

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British Dictionary definitions for licentiousness

licentious

/ (laɪˈsɛnʃəs) /

adjective

sexually unrestrained or promiscuous
rare showing disregard for convention
Derived Formslicentiously, adverblicentiousness, noun

Word Origin for licentious

C16: from Latin licentiōsus capricious, from licentia licence

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