las·​civ·​i·​ous | \ lə-ˈsi-vē-əs How to pronounce lascivious (audio) \

Definition of lascivious

: filled with or showing sexual desire : lewd, lustful lascivious acts/thoughts arrested for lewd and lascivious assault … crude and lascivious remarks …— John Nichols He is every woman's worst nightmare: the lascivious shark in a gold chain, loud sport shirt and polyester suit …— Susan Schindehette et al.

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Other Words from lascivious

lasciviously adverb
His show always began with Benny in a public park leering lasciviously at a bevy of young beauties … — Gyles Brandreth
lasciviousness noun
… he satirized the contrived unions favored by upper society, exposing the greed, corruption, and lasciviousness with which they were permeated. — Harvey Rachlin

Examples of lascivious in a Sentence

He was arrested for lewd and lascivious behavior. was fired for making lascivious remarks to a coworker
Recent Examples on the Web Video voyeurism is defined by state law as recording an image or video of a person without their consent that is used for a lewd or lascivious purpose. Michelle Hunter | Staff Writer,, "Former teacher jailed in Plaquemines Parish on child pornography, video voyeurism charges, authorities say," 17 Dec. 2020 The raucous piano and whoops of Little Richard, 87, left a legacy of lascivious joy from the very beginnings of rock and roll. David Colton, USA Today, "Remembering notables who died in 2020," 8 Dec. 2020 He was later also charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a minor on a victim 15 years old, police said. Stephanie Pagones, Fox News, "Florida teen charged with murder in death of librarian who defended son during attack: police," 3 Dec. 2020 Both have since been charged with lewd or lascivious exhibition, a felony. Daniella Genovese, Fox News, "Florida couple arrested for having sex inside car on busy road, authorities say," 18 Nov. 2020 Some 106 people were charged with felonies, including human trafficking, lewd and lascivious battery on a child under 16 and production and possession of child pornography. Jeff Burlew, USA TODAY, "'Operation Stolen Innocence': 170-plus people charged in Florida child sex trafficking network," 17 Nov. 2020 Sonoma County sheriff’s deputies arrested David Cook at 8:43 p.m. Tuesday on suspicion of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14, Sheriff’s Sgt. Vanessa Arredondo,, "Sonoma city council member arrested on suspicion of child molestation," 28 Oct. 2020 Throughout his campaign and early in his presidency, the unflappable support of many religious voters for an outwardly irreligious and lascivious politician confounded many in Washington and the media. Peter Manseau, The New Republic, "What Trump Taught America About the Bible," 18 Sep. 2020 Kelly, 43, was later found guilty of lewd or lascivious molestation. Katie Rice,, "Orlando resident named 'Citizen of the Year’ by FDLE on Florida Missing Children’s Day," 14 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of lascivious

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lascivious

Middle English, from Late Latin lasciviosus, from Latin lascivia wantonness, from lascivus wanton — more at lust entry 1

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29 Dec 2020

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“Lascivious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lascivious

disapproving : filled with or showing sexual desire


las·​civ·​i·​ous | \ lə-ˈsi-vē-əs How to pronounce lascivious (audio) \

Legal Definition of lascivious

: reflecting or producing sexual desire or behavior especially that is considered indecent or obscene lewd and lascivious behavior

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