• WordNet 3.6
    • n wantonness the quality of being lewd and lascivious
    • n wantonness the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry "she danced with abandon"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Wantonness The quality or state of being wanton; negligence of restraint; sportiveness; recklessness; lasciviousness. "The tumults threatened to abuse all acts of grace, and turn them into wantonness .""Young gentlemen would be as sad as night
      Only for wantonness ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n wantonness The state or character of being wanton, in any sense.
    • n wantonness A wanton or outrageous act.
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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:

Do not inflict misery wantonly.
"The Adventures of Harry Richmond, Complete" by George Meredith
The thing was done wantonly.
"Lessons in Life, For All Who Will Read Them" by T. S. Arthur
Paris of the twelfth century was typical of France itself, which was harried by human wolves intent on rapine and wanton plunder.
"Famous Affinities of History, Vol 1-4, Complete" by Lyndon Orr
Faith, only wanton, light.
"Sejanus: His Fall" by Ben Jonson
But give me ever a wanton fool rather than him of necessity's handiwork.
"Richard Carvel, Complete" by Winston Churchill
Before this praiseworthy deed we had, however, thrown snow at a young lady in wanton mischief.
"The Story Of My Life From Childhood To Manhood The Autobiography Of Georg Ebers, Complete" by Georg Ebers
I am rather surprised that men to whom my past work is well known should suspect me of making a wanton and purposeless attack upon religion.
"God and my Neighbour" by Robert Blatchford
He's a rover, an adventurer, a wanton of the waters.
"Carnac's Folly, Complete" by Gilbert Parker
W hat pre-eminence hast thou, not merely over this dog, But over the fleas whom thou so wantonly cursest?
"Hypatia" by Charles Kingsley
Their enemies still wantonly pursued them and drove them to different places along the lake.
"Autobiography of Ma-ka-tai-me-she-kia-kiak, or Black Hawk" by Black Hawk

In poetry:

Grave Infantas
In stiff brocades;
Nymphs that wanton
In woodland shades;
"Portrait Of A Lady-1" by Cicely Fox Smith
Men have come to me;
By a grass frond sleeve
Should I be beckoned,
As a wanton
Would I not be known?
"Men have come to me" by Ise
‘Give me’, sang Mr Fox,
‘To wanton with thy locks.’
‘That I will never permit!’
Exclaimed Mr Pitt.
"Clerihew – Mr Fox" by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
The other, proud, with heavy cheeks
And massive forehead, where remains
A mark of frowning. If she seeks
With smiles to tame her eyes, or speaks,
Her mouth grows wanton: she disdains
The ground with haughty, measured steps.
"Cordelia" by William Michael Rossetti
Say, doth she weep for very wantonness?
Or is it that she dimly doth foresee
Across her youth the joys grow less and less
The burden of the days that are to be:
Autumn and withered leaves and vanity,
And winter bringing end in barrenness.
"My Lady April" by Ernest Christopher Dowson
At first we liv'd in pleasure;
Thine own delights thou didst to us impart:
When we grew wanton, thou didst use displeasure
To make us thine: yet that we might not part,
As we at first did board with thee,
Now thou wouldst taste our miserie.
"Affliction (V)" by George Herbert

In news:

A law that is tough on crime can also be wantonly cruel.
Wanton Deconstruction In this Gothic farce, an English teacher combats academic dysfunction.
Forsaking TV for Online Games and Wanton Web Sites.
In a 1972 opinion, Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart wrote that the death penalty should not "be so wantonly and so freakishly imposed".
THE memorably uncomfortable summer of 1988 has left many Americans with a suspicion that nature is at last getting even for mankind's wanton pollution of the atmosphere.
Gift hearse & Wanton none.
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 postgrunge 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.
Robert Bork Cites ' Wanton ' Negligence in Suing Yale Club for $1-Million.
Mother's Charges Upgraded to Wanton Murder in Son's Death.
Forsaking TV for Online Games and Wanton Web Sites.
Wanton Deconstruction In this Gothic farce, an English teacher combats academic dysfunction.

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