licentious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj licentious lacking moral discipline; especially sexually unrestrained "coarse and licentious men"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Licentious Characterized by license; passing due bounds; excessive; abusive of freedom; wantonly offensive; as, a licentious press. "A wit that no licentious pertness knows."
    • Licentious Unrestrained by law or morality; lawless; immoral; dissolute; lewd; lascivious; as, a licentious man; a licentious life. "Licentious wickedness."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • licentious Characterized by or using license; marked by or indulging too great freedom; overpassing due bounds or limits; excessive.
    • licentious Specifically Unrestrained by law, religion, or morality; wanton; loose; dissolute; libidinous: as, a licentions person; licentious desires.
    • licentious Synonyms Profligate, dissolute, debauched. See list under lascivious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Licentious indulging in excessive freedom: given to the indulgence of the animal passions: dissolute
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Quotations

  • Jeremy Collier
    Jeremy Collier
    “Idleness is an inlet to disorder, and makes way for licentiousness. People who have nothing to do are quickly tired of their own company.”
  • Edward Gibbon
    Edward%20Gibbon
    “My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in the obscurity of a learned language.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. licentiosus,: cf. F. licencieux,. See License
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. licentialicet.

Usage

In literature:

The worship of these gods involved the performance of ceremonies more bloody and licentious even than those practised by other races.
"History Of Egypt, Chaldæa, Syria, Babylonia, and Assyria, Volume 4 (of 12)" by G. Maspero
Nothing happened at court but drinking, licentiousness, and continual murders.
"A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]" by Wolfram Eberhard
Of course licentious men act loosely as elsewhere.
"Letters from Egypt" by Lucie Duff Gordon
He alleges that she was, before marriage, licentious, and even depraved in her conduct, and unfaithful to her husband afterwards.
"The History of Mary Prince" by Mary Prince
There may be some excuse in this for the licentious living to which he now gave himself up.
"The Wits and Beaux of Society" by Grace Wharton and Philip Wharton
They often were accompanied by dances and other performances which were licentious and degrading.
"Hebrew Life and Times" by Harold B. Hunting
The prurient coarseness of Fletcher is due to the peculiar licentiousness of the period.
"History of English Humour, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Alfred Guy Kingan L'Estrange
We can well imagine the state of an oppressed people ruled by such a man at the head of a licentious soldiery.
"Notable Women of Olden Time" by Anonymous
I knew the woman to be rude, ignorant, and licentious.
"Arthur Mervyn" by Charles Brockden Brown
These women bear few children, and perhaps this may in part account for, if it be not produced by, their excessive licentiousness.
"Narrative of a Mission to Central Africa Performed in the Years 1850-51, Volume 2" by James Richardson
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In poetry:

Unto my betters, whether great or small,
I must with decent deference behave,
And due submission show unto them all,
And ne'er licentiously against them rave.
"The Ten Commandments " by Rees Prichard
Unbridled licentiousness with no holds barred,
Immediate and mutual lust, satisfiable
In the heat, upon demand, aroused again
And satisfied again, lechery unlimited.
"Reading Pornography in Old Age" by Howard Nemerov
How long perverted, had the Comic scene,
(The flattering reflex of a sensual age)
Shown prurient Folly's rank licentious mien,
Refined, embellish'd on the pander stage:
"Sheridan" by Thomas Gent
"But, led by Fortune's hand, her darling child,
My youth her vain licentious bliss admired;
In Fortune's train the syren Flattery smiled,
And rashly hallow'd all her queen inspired.
"Elegy XXVI. Describing the Sorrow of An Ingeneous Mind" by William Shenstone
Last night, as my dear babe lay dead,
Before mine eyes the vision spread
Of things that might have been:
Licentious riot, cruel strife,
Forgotten prayers, a wasted life
Dark red with sin!
"The Dead Babe" by Eugene Field
Know its spirit, disdaining restriction, sententious,
Its right shall assert to select and adore,
Unlike in all else to that passion licentious,
Which seeks what is sensual, and seeks for no more.
"How Canst Thou Doubt?" by Charlotte Dacre

In news:

This weekend, the New York Times ran a story called "The Downside of Cohabiting Before Marriage" and conservatives instantly seized on it as more proof of the obvious perils of modern, licentious existence.
In Verdi's "Rigoletto" the title character, a hunchback jester in the court of the licentious Duke of Mantua, dominates almost every scene.
Manhattan's reputation for public licentiousness goes back to its days as a Dutch trading outpost.
Avenue Q' at WCLOC licentiously entertaining.
So when did licentiousness become an inalienable right.
Researchers accuse press of 'licentious' coverage of animal studies.
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In science:

Vattulainen, “New tests of random numbers for simulations in physical systems” , Licentiate Thesis, Tampere University of Technology (1994); arXiv:9411062 [cond-mat].
Pseudo-random number generators for Monte Carlo simulations on Graphics Processing Units
University of Gothenburg and Chalmers Technical University (licentiate thesis). Martel, C. and Nguyen, V. (2004) Analyzing kleinbergs (and other) small-world models.
The Scaling laws of Spatial Structure in Social Networks
Licentiate thesis, Department of Computer Systems, Uppsala University, Sweden, May 1994.
Theory of processes
Blanchfield, Licentiate Thesis, Univ. of Stockholm, t o appear. 26. E.
Gleason, Kochen-Specker, and a competition that never was
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