• WordNet 3.6
    • adv wantonly in a licentious and promiscuous manner "this young girl has to share a room with her mother who lives promiscuously"
    • adv wantonly in a wanton manner "the animals were killed wantonly for sport"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Wantonly In a wanton manner; without regularity or restraint; loosely; sportively; gayly; playfully; recklessly; lasciviously.
    • Wantonly Unintentionally; accidentally.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • wantonly In a wanton manner. Specifically
    • wantonly Frolicsomely; sportfully; gaily; playfully; carelessly.
    • wantonly Lewdly; lasciviously.
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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:

A poor wretch he must be who would wantonly sit down on one of these bandbox reputations.
"The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 1, Issue 2, December, 1857" by Various
The oil of Mosul may feed the fire she has so wantonly lighted and burn her fingers badly.
"Freedom's Battle" by Mahatma Gandhi
I could easily have brought one down with my rifle, but I thought it wanton cruelty to do so.
"An Englishman's Travels in America" by John Benwell
The King of Dahomey, he said, sported with the lives of his people in the most wanton manner.
"The History of the Rise, Progress and Accomplishment of the" by Thomas Clarkson
He ought not, let me tell him: for, if he have it, a thousand to one but it makes him both wanton and wicked.
"Clarissa, Volume 5 (of 9)" by Samuel Richardson
What Aretine experienced, what conceited Lucian, or wanton Aristenaetus?
"The Anatomy of Melancholy" by Democritus Junior
One, an instance of deliberate, wanton, killing by piecemeal.
"The Anti-Slavery Examiner, Omnibus" by American Anti-Slavery Society
In the scene that had just passed I had indulged, as I have said, in a wantonness and luxury of refinement.
"Caleb Williams" by William Godwin
That Spies never give an Account of good Services, but represent our Mirth and Freedom by the Words Wantonness and Disorder.
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
Then Fate at last worked her wanton will.
"The Nest of the Sparrowhawk" by Baroness Orczy

In poetry:

Yet so it is, we, by experience, find
Many young wanton gallants seldom mind
The church of God, but scornfully deride
That sacred word by which they must be tried.
"England's Alarm. or The Pious Christian's Speedy Call To Repentance" by Anonymous British
No longer bend on me thy wanton eye,
Nor smile resistless, as thy waving hand
With graceful motion beckons from on high,
And the light spirits mount at thy command.
"To Imagination" by Maria Logan
Now he sees his own cathedral shake
At the foemen's wanton aim.
The ancient towers with the bullets quake;
The steeples fall, the foundations break,
And the whole is lost in flame.
"The Peace Advocate" by Howard Phillips Lovecraft
They say she speeded wanton wild
When she was warm with wine;
And so she killed a little child,
(Could have been yours or mine).
The Judge's verdict was not mild,
And heavy was the fine.
"The Homicide" by Robert W Service
We have forgot our own household,
To take our tribute to the strong — The willing vassal, young or old,
Deserve chastisement late and long;
And ours is but the well-earned hell
Of wanton, faithless infidel.
"Lines To Caste" by Samuel Alfred Beadle
Thou once didst leave almighty Jove
And all the golden roofs above:
The car thy wanton sparrows drew,
Hovering in air they lightly flew;
As to my bower they winged their way
I saw their quivering pinions play.
"A Hymn To Venus" by Sappho

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.
THE mass-mediated culture that begat "I Want My Maypo" one generation and "I Want My MTV" the next is now careering wantonly toward an era of "video on demand".
A Hedgesville man who allegedly threatened three people with a sawed-off shotgun was arraigned Monday on warrants charging him with wanton endangerment with a firearm, brandishing and battery.
The Circle Cinema's annual movie marathon, Slumber Party , resumes this weekend with a slate of films guaranteed to satisfy any cult film geek's need for wanton destruction.
There is a recent generation of American men who came of age too late for free love and wanton property grabbing and too early for post-grunge emotional wankery and info-age immediacy.
There is a recent generation of American men who came of age too late for free love and wanton property-grabbing, and too early for post-grunge emotional wankery and info-age immediacy.
China bans rowdy game show for ' wanton ' content.
Man, 18, charged with wanton endangerment, fleeing from police.
A Lebanon man who was facing an attempted murder charge has pled guilty to first-degree wanton endangerment.
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.
This is not an invitation towards wanton disregard for self-control, but rather a consideration of the benefits of priming performances in advance.

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