lascivious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj lascivious driven by lust; preoccupied with or exhibiting lustful desires "libidinous orgies"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Lascivious Tending to produce voluptuous or lewd emotions. "He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber
      To the lascivious pleasing of a lute."
    • Lascivious Wanton; lewd; lustful; as, lascivious men; lascivious desires.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • lascivious Wanton; lewd; lustful: as, lascivious men; lascivious desires.
    • lascivious Tending to excite voluptuous emotions; luxurious.
    • lascivious Synonyms Lecherous, libidinous, licentious, lewd, lustful, salacious, unchaste, incontinent.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Lascivious las-siv′i-us lustful: tending to produce lustful emotions
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Quotations

  • Marie Carmichael Stopes
    Marie Carmichael Stopes
    “An impersonal and scientific knowledge of the structure of our bodies is the surest safeguard against prurient curiosity and lascivious gloating.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. lascivia, wantonness, fr. lascivus, wanton; cf. Gr. la`stauros lecherous, lh^n to wish, Skr. lash, to desire
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. lascivus; perh. from the same root as laxus, loose.

Usage

In literature:

Then understanding dawned, and his bloated face creased into a lascivious smile.
"The Elephant God" by Gordon Casserly
And you rubbed all your philters into his body, and breathed into his mouth the lasciviousness of a dog.
"Abbe Mouret's Transgression La Faute De L'abbe Mouret" by Emile Zola
Never again would her flesh shrink at the sight of him; never again could those lascivious hands touch her.
"The Devil's Garden" by W. B. Maxwell
I say, 'Why did God leave the root of lasciviousness, pride, anger, etc., in my bosom?
"The Biography of Robert Murray M'Cheyne" by Andrew A. Bonar
And then, in the middle of it all, this girl, with her barely veiled limbs and lascivious eyes.
"The Lighted Way" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
For other traits, they are very lascivious, and far from observing a modest reserve, especially toward strangers.
"Narrative of a Voyage to the Northwest Coast of America in the years 1811, 1812, 1813, and 1814 or the First American Settlement on the Pacific" by Gabriel Franchere
Lascivious dialogues are innocent with you!
"The Works of John Dryden, Vol. 6 (of 18)" by John Dryden
My lord is lascivious?
"Art" by Clive Bell
The worship of Rama has seldom, if ever, degenerated into lasciviousness.
"Two Old Faiths" by J. Murray Mitchell and William Muir
Indecency, however, it is, rather than strict lasciviousness.
"French Classics" by William Cleaver Wilkinson
Pantomime flourished in Rome and in Constantinople in the sorry years of the decline and fall of the empire; and it was then low and lascivious.
"A Book About the Theater" by Brander Matthews
Another was that he might avoid lasciviousness.
"Benjamin Franklin; Self-Revealed, Volume I (of 2)" by Wiliam Cabell Bruce
They are not very jealous, but lascivious beyond measure, the women much more so than the men.
"The Letters of Amerigo Vespucci" by Amerigo Vespucci
My son is so lascivious, that if you would attempt to hide his defects, they would speedily become more apparent.
"Secret History of the Court of England, from the Accession of George the Third to the Death of George the Fourth, Volume I (of 2)" by Lady Anne Hamilton
You must not ask for pity or heart, for the least sensitive people are those who are lascivious.
"The Countess Cosel" by Joseph J. Kraszewski
I hope you will not persuade him to lead the lascivious life that his father did!
"Count Brühl" by Joseph Kraszewski
To revel so lasciviously as often as they please?
"Medieval English Nunneries c. 1275 to 1535" by Eileen Edna Power
Intermittently after the darkness had come, Bullpoint Lighthouse shone like the wink of a lascivious eye.
"The Journal of a Disappointed Man" by Wilhelm Nero Pilate Barbellion
UNCLEANNESS, and lasciviousness, Galatians, 365-366.
"Expositor's Bible: Index" by S. G. Ayres
Applied to a lascivious person, Ang.
"An Etymological Dictionary of the Scottish Language" by John Jamieson
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In poetry:

On his swarthy temples grew,
Purple veins like cluster'd grapes;
Past his rolling pupils blew,
Wine-born, fierce, lascivious shapes.
"The Helot" by Isabella Valancy Crawford
The moustached woman on my left,
With spirits on her heavy breath,
Lasciviously leaned her heft
On me as one who languisheth.
The sordid room was still as death.
"The Seance" by Robert W Service
Your harem beauties resign! resign
Their lascivious dance, their voluptuous song!
To your garden come forth, among things divine,
And own you do grace and beauty wrong.
"For The Album of Miss Caroline C---" by John Pierpont
Ere thou shou'dst lust for some enchanting dame,
Pluck from its socket thy lascivious eye:
For he, that can't restrain his lustful flame,
Shall in hell-fire to endless ages fry.
"Advice And Warning To The Adulterer" by Rees Prichard
You have left me to the sewer's meanwhile,
and I have answered the sea's open wish
to love me as a bonfire's watchful hand
guards red the shore and guards the hairy strand,
our most elegant lascivious bile,
my ship sinking beneath the gutter's fish.
"A City Winter" by Frank O Hara

In news:

He grins lasciviously at the camera and splays his legs while one hand caresses a fin and the other holds a shark's mouth agape.
This is the season in which, quite obviously, lascivious ears tune up for hypocrisy on the part of politicians.
Nereo Picaso was arrested on two counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child under the age of 12, and lewd and lascivious exhibition to a child under the age of 12. Who Got Arrested In South Florida.
Man convicted of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child.
Members of Morning Benders Veer into Lascivious R&B — Irony Suspected.
Countess Luann de Lesseps Conjures Lascivious Mae West at the Night Hotel.
Sylvester Hamm Jr, of 1492 Pulaski Street, was arrested for Lewd or Lascivious Battery.
A San Diego Superior Court charged McLean in January of 2005 of four counts of child molestation and one count of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14.
The Tehama County Sheriff's Office arrested 64-year-old Ralph Martin on charges of lewd and lascivious conduct of a child under 14 years of age.
In 2005, McLean was charged with four counts of child molestation and one count of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of fourteen.
48, of Shaftsbury, pleaded not guilty in July to lewd and lascivious conduct , and stalking.
Davis was arrested on Sunday, August 12, 2012, and charged with several counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor.
He was later arrested at the hotel where he works and charged with lewd and lascivious behavior.
DETROIT — Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick refused to answer questions Tuesday about lascivious text messages and an $8.4 million settlement with former police officers, the cornerstones of a scandal that is sending him to jail.
Jason Michael Cardoso, whose address was redacted from the affidavit, was charged with lewd and lascivious battery Saturday.
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