• WordNet 3.6
    • n lawlessness illegality as a consequence of unlawful acts; defiance of the law
    • n lawlessness a state of lawlessness and disorder (usually resulting from a failure of government)
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n lawlessness The condition or quality of being lawless, or of being unrestrained, unauthorized, or uncontrolled by law; want of legality or legitimacy.
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  • William Shakespeare
    “Love to faults is always blind, always is to joy inclined. Lawless, winged, and unconfined, and breaks all chains from every mind.”
  • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
    “As it must not, so genius cannot be lawless; for it is even that constitutes its genius -- the power of acting creatively under laws of its own origination.”
  • Gilbert K. Chesterton
    “The most dangerous criminal now is the entirely lawless modern philosopher. Compared to him, burglars and bigamists are essentially moral men.”
  • Archie Lee Moore
    Archie Lee Moore
    “If we resort to lawlessness, the only thing we can hope for is civil war, untold bloodshed, and the end of our dreams.”
  • Thurgood Marshall
    Thurgood Marshall
    “Lawlessness is lawlessness. Anarchy is anarchy is anarchy. Neither race nor color nor frustration is an excuse for either lawlessness or anarchy.”


In literature:

There are many he's in that one, lawless ship, and bloody-minded and nefarious thieves are they, to the smallest boy.
"The Red Rover" by James Fenimore Cooper
If this ship possesses the power to destroy the lawless rover, let him look to his fate!
"The Water-Witch or, The Skimmer of the Seas" by James Fenimore Cooper
There are rules and regulations, you lawless wretches.
"The Man Who Laughs" by Victor Hugo
His early training in his lawless calling was connected with this very spot.
"J.S. Le Fanu's Ghostly Tales, Volume 5" by J.S. Le Fanu
The monks, as a class, were lawless and vicious.
"A Short History of Monks and Monasteries" by Alfred Wesley Wishart
We are not counting the large number of lawless hunters who never take out licenses.
"Our Vanishing Wild Life" by William T. Hornaday
The presence of the troops has given a sense of security to the well-disposed citizens and has tended to restrain the lawless.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Volume IX." by Benjamin Harrison
But answer me once more, what means this lawless riot in the house?
"Stories from the Odyssey" by H. L. Havell
The cruelty that was exercised was used in deliberate punishment, not in savage lawlessness.
"Charles the Bold" by Ruth Putnam
Just the sort to be lawless and vindictive if what you tell me concerning him is true.
"Children of the Mist" by Eden Phillpotts

In poetry:

Fain would our lawless hearts escape,
And with the heathen be,
To worship every monstrous shape
In fancied darkness free.
"Eighteenth Sunday After Trinity" by John Keble
Oh, welcome, goodly ship, in haste
To bring us prize and cheer
From all the hoards that tempt the taste
Of lawless buccaneer!
"A Dream Of Romance" by Maurice Thompson
The trouth is this: I dochtna bide
To hear yer bonnie name
Whaur lawless mous war openit wide
Wi' ill-tongued scoff and blame;
"The Last Wooin" by George MacDonald
Across the sea, with fire and sword,
The English crown he won;
The lawless Scots they owned him lord,
But now his rule is done.
"The Burial of William - the Conqueror" by Robert Fuller Murray
The cavalry flew by and vanished,
The storm thundered and hushed.
Lawlessness bore down, bore down -
Silence and light all around.
"I Gather Motley Flowers" by Mikhail Alekseevich Kuzmin
Justice requir'd that he should die
Who yet was slain unrighteously,
And dy'd in mercy and in wrath,
A lawful and a lawless death.
"The Believer's Riddle; or, the Mystery of Faith" by Ralph Erskine

In news:

From left, Jason Clarke, Tom Hardy and Shia LaBeouf in a scene from " Lawless .".
Lawless 3 stars Directed by John Hillcoat Starring Tom Hardy, Shia LeBeouf, Jessica Chastain, Guy Pearce Rated R.
Lawless Chris Ball, The Plain Dealer.
Lucy Lawless was arrested in February after she and other activists boarded an oil-drilling ship in New Zealand and prevented it from leaving port.
Pearce finds order in villainous ' Lawless ' role.
Guy Pearce in " Lawless .".
Lawless Entertainment has partnered with Zuuka to launch the debut title in a new iStoryTime digital storybook series featuring the preschool art brand Suzy's Zoo.
Lawless , 83, of Breezy Knoll Road, Greenville, died Tuesday, Oct 23, 2012, at his home.
He was the husband of Alice M (Thompson) Lawless .
Born in Providence, he was a son of the late John and Jennie (Murphy) Lawless .
Lawless named SEBTS dean.
This week, Kristin and Nick discuss new releases Lawless and The Possession, new Blu-rays The Lucky One and Battleship, and more.
" Lawless ": Movie critics review the bloody tale.
Review of ' Lawless ' and 'Sleepwalk With Me'.
The Weinstein Co.'s Lawless debuted to $1.14 million on Wednesday, placing No.

In science:

Cook & Lawless (2007, Chapter 4) surveyed the general area of analysis of gap times emphasizing that the assumption of independent gap times is often unrealistic.
Product-limit estimators of the gap time distribution of a renewal process under different sampling patterns
Kvenvolden, K.; Lawless, J.; Pering, K.; Peterson, E.; Flores, J.; Ponnamperuma, C.
Recent Progress in Chirality Research Using Circularly Polarized Light
Qin and Lawless established EL for parameters defined by generalized estimating equations which is the broadest framework for EL formulation so far, which was extended by Kitamura to dependent observations.
A test for model specification of diffusion processes
The good news is that 2003 UB313 , the one that caused all the fuss and bother about what is a planet is now merely Eris, named for the goddess of discord, and her moon is Dysnomia, goddess of lawlessness and daughter of Eris.
Astrophysics in 2006
While men obey it quite nicely in Fig.1, the lawless women first have a mortality only about half as large as men, then increase their mortality stronger than the men until finally the two mortalities become about equal near the age of 100 years.
The Penna Model of Biological Aging