[prom-i-skyoo-i-tee, proh-mi-]
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Origin of promiscuity

1840–50; promiscu(ous) + -ity; compare French promiscuité
Related formshy·per·prom·is·cu·i·ty, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words for promiscuity

lewdness, looseness, indiscrimination

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British Dictionary definitions for promiscuity


  1. promiscuous sexual behaviour
  2. indiscriminate mingling, mixture, or confusion, as of parts or elements
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Word Origin and History for promiscuity

1834, "indiscriminate mixture," from French promiscuité (1752), from Latin promiscuus "mixed" (see promiscuous) + French -ité (see -ity). Sexual sense is from 1844. Earlier was promiscuousness (by 1773 general; 1808 sexual).

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