• WordNet 3.6
    • n licentiousness dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
    • n licentiousness the quality of being lewd and lascivious
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n licentiousness The state or character of being licentious; want of due restraint in any respect; especially, dissolute or profligate conduct; sexual immorality.
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  • 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
    “My English text is chaste, and all licentious passages are left in the obscurity of a learned language.”


In literature:

It was the case of common soldiers deserting from their officers, to join a furious, licentious populace.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. III. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
There was, indeed, a kind of profligate equity in giving to women the same licentious power.
"The Works of the Right Honourable Edmund Burke, Vol. V. (of 12)" by Edmund Burke
His habits were loose and his language lucid and licentious.
"Machiavelli, Volume I" by Niccolò Machiavelli
There was much licentiousness connected with this feast.
"Folk Lore" by James Napier
The age, indeed, was one of licentiousness and profligacy.
"The Evil Eye; Or, The Black Spector The Works of William Carleton, Volume One" by William Carleton
The lagoons of Venice mirror it in the departed grandeur of her palaces, overthrown by the licentiousness of her merchant princes.
"The Power of Womanhood, or Mothers and Sons" by Ellice Hopkins
Sigismond, provoked by her intrigues for the accomplishment of this object, and detesting her for her licentiousness, put her under arrest.
"The Empire of Austria; Its Rise and Present Power" by John S. C. Abbott
Licentiate Andres de Alcaraz was then senior auditor, and was exercising the duties of captain-general.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898" by Emma Helen Blair
Licentiate Legaspi was angered for the same reason.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XX, 1621-1624" by Various
Rum and licentiousness are sure to work untold harm to the Indian unless they are met by the gospel.
"American Missionary, Volume 43, No. 12, December, 1889" by Various

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.

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