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

Definition of lascivious

: lewd, lustful arrested for lewd and lascivious assault

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Other Words from lascivious

lasciviously adverb
lasciviousness noun

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 On Thursday, he was charged with lewd and lascivious conduct., "A State Police trooper was ordered suspended without pay Friday after a department hearing into allegations that he inappropriately exposed himself and punched a man at a Luke Bryan concert at Gillette Stadium on June 21, State Police said.," 26 Oct. 2019 According to online court records, Johnson is being held on $75,000 bail on a single charge of lewd or lascivious battery on a victim between 12 and 16 — a felony. Chris Harris,, "Missing Teen Rescued After Mom Finds Videos of Her on Porn Sites, as Suspect is Arrested," 25 Oct. 2019 Christopher Johnson, 30, was taken into custody Tuesday and charged with lewd and lascivious battery of a child younger than 16. Minyvonne Burke, NBC News, "Florida man arrested after videos of missing teen surface on pornography website," 25 Oct. 2019 Johnson is charged with lewd and lascivious battery on a victim between 12 and 16 and is being held on a $75,000 bond. Fox News, "Florida man arrested after family of missing teen finds pornographic videos of her online: police," 24 Oct. 2019 He was arrested Wednesday and is being held in the Broward Main Jail in Fort Lauderdale on a felony charge of lewd or lascivious battery on a victim between 12 and 16. Tonya Alanez,, "58 porno videos of 15-year-old girl lead to Davie man’s arrest," 23 Oct. 2019 At his first court appearance Wednesday, Parodi was ordered held in the Broward County jail without bond on charges of lewd and lascivious acts with persons under the age of 12. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Man sexually abused, coerced and threatened girls for seven years, cops say," 4 Dec. 2019 Perez Gonzalez is at the Orange County Jail on a $16,000 bond on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation of a victim between ages 12 and 15 and showing obscene material to a minor. David Harris,, "Paraprofessional at Orange County school arrested, accused of molesting 13-year-old student," 16 Nov. 2019 Jacquees’s music is full of longing (and his lyrics sometimes skew lascivious). Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, "The Musician Who Wants to Be the ‘King of R&B’," 12 Nov. 2019

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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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16 Jan 2020

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“Lascivious.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 25 January 2020.

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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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