promiscuity

[ prom-i-skyoo-i-tee, proh-mi- ]
/ ˌprɒm ɪˈskyu ɪ ti, ˌproʊ mɪ- /

noun, plural prom·is·cu·i·ties for 3.

the state of being promiscuous.
promiscuous sexual behavior.
an indiscriminate mixture.

Nearby words

  1. prominences,
  2. prominent,
  3. prominent heel,
  4. prominent moth,
  5. prominently,
  6. promiscuous,
  7. promise,
  8. promised land,
  9. promisee,
  10. promising

Origin of promiscuity

1840–50; promiscu(ous) + -ity; compare French promiscuité

Related formshy·per·prom·is·cu·i·ty, noun

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British Dictionary definitions for promiscuity

promiscuity

/ (ˌprɒmɪˈskjuːɪtɪ) /

noun

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

promiscuity

n.

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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