• Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • v. i Wantonize To behave wantonly; to frolic; to wanton.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wantonize To frolic; sport; dally; wanton.
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  • William Shakespeare
    “The teeming Autumn big with rich increase, bearing the wanton burden of the prime like widowed wombs after their lords decease.”
  • Henry Fielding
    “Dancing begets warmth, which is the parent of wantonness. It is, Sir, the great grandfather of cuckoldom.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “As flies to wanton boys, are we to the gods; They kill us for their sport.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “Nuptial love makes mankind; friendly love perfects it; but wanton love corrupts and debases it.”
  • Marquis De Sade
    “Woman's destiny is to be wanton, like the bitch, the she-wolf; she must belong to all who claim her.”


In literature:

He had wounded her too cruelly, too wantonly, for forgiveness.
"The Tidal Wave and Other Stories" by Ethel May Dell
Yet there was not the least wanton smile or immodest gesture among them.
"Studies in the Psychology of Sex, Volume 1 (of 6)" by Havelock Ellis
And you, O new made husband, how tumble you now in wantonness!
"The Ten Pleasures of Marriage and The Confession of the New-married Couple (1682)" by A. Marsh
Taxed with these things, she was wantonly rebellious, contemptuously indifferent to his wishes.
"V. V.'s Eyes" by Henry Sydnor Harrison
Youth and beauty fly swift away, while sapless old age expels the wanton loves and gentle sleep.
"The Works of Horace" by Horace
It is wanton murder to take his life; it is like killing a child.
"Helmet of Navarre" by Bertha Runkle
This being accomplished they would torture and murder the traders in mere wantonness.
"Christopher Carson" by John S. C. Abbott
After all, the lad's death had been purely accidental, wanton.
"The Bell in the Fog and Other Stories" by Gertrude Atherton
What other reason could bring her here to meet me unless she is a brazen, wanton creature who is for every man.
"Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" by Charles Major
They took up their quarters at Boyle, and occupied themselves in wantonly desecrating the abbey.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack

In poetry:

"Not so, by high Dunlathmon's fire,
Thy heart was froze to love and joy,
When gaily rung thy raptured lyre,
To wanton Morna's melting eye."
"Glenfinlas; or, Lord Ronald's Coronach" by Sir Walter Scott
Beside the manse the river flows
This sweet and tender summer day,
While soft winds wanton round the rose,
Or dally with the leaves and play.
"In A Manse Garden" by Alexander Anderson
Past--the primal, senseless bliss;
Past--red laughter of the grapes;
Past--the wine's first honey'd kiss;
Past--the wine-born, wanton shapes!
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
Which done, to still their wanton cries,
When quiet grown she'd seen them,
She kissed, and wiped their dove-like eyes,
And gave the bag between them.
"The Bag Of The Bee" by Robert Herrick
So far as our story approaches the end,
Which do you pity the most of us three?—-
My friend, or the mistress of my friend
With her wanton eyes, or me?
"A Light Woman" by Robert Browning
"And thou, who bidst me think of bliss,
And bidst my heart awake to glee,
And court, like thee, the wanton kiss—
That heart, O Ronald, bleeds for thee!
"Glenfinlas; or, Lord Ronald's Coronach" by Sir Walter Scott

In news:

A man charged with two felony counts of wanton endangerment for brandishing a weapon around his mother and 5-year-old daughter waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Randolph County Magistrate Court Wednesday.
A law that is tough on crime can also be wantonly cruel.
Gift hearse & Wanton none.
Robert Bork Cites ' Wanton ' Negligence in Suing Yale Club for $1-Million.
Mother's Charges Upgraded to Wanton Murder in Son's Death.
While civilized societies have always condemned wanton murder and shown sympathy for innocent victims, in this opera the reverse is true.
He's been in the Hardin County Detention Center since his Oct 15 arrest on charges of first-degree wanton endangerment and second-degree assault.
"Obviously, no country can tolerate a wanton attack on its civilians," said Netanyahu, standing beside Clinton.
A Hopkinsville man was arrested Friday afternoon on wanton endangerment and other charges after allegedly making disturbing threats to a woman and starting a small fire.
Man, 18, charged with wanton endangerment , fleeing from police.
Conditions at Lexington, Blue Grass Airport, KY. Charges of fleeing the scene of an accident and wanton endangerment have been filed against a driver already charged with murder after a crash that killed one of his two passengers.
A Vine Grove man charged with leading a Hodgenville police officer on a fatal vehicle pursuit was indicted Monday with a charge of wanton murder.
Oh Little Miss Justice, you coy, wanton, oft-violated Jezebel, desired by all, available for a price.
No wanton sexual adventures or exploding tubes of Blistex.
The lowbrow route attacked health care reform as a draconian cut in health care benefits, wantonly slashing costs and denying care to the elderly.

In science:

He became so enthralled by the idea of such complexity on one scale emerging from simplicity on another that he didn’t even pay any attention to an attractive young grasshopperess making her wanton way just below him.
Interplay between Network Topology and Dynamics in Neural Systems