las·​civ·​i·​ous | \ lə-ˈsi-vē-əs \

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

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The man slapped with three EROs, 44-year-old Ruslan Grushco, also faces three counts of lewd and lascivious molestation on a person under 12 years old. David J. Neal, miamiherald, "Six Florida massage therapists disciplined after allegations of sexual misconduct | Miami Herald," 16 May 2018 Anzelone was arraigned Wednesday in Milford District Court on charges of open and gross lewdness; lewd, wanton, and lascivious conduct; indecent exposure; and accosting or annoying another person, authorities said. Travis Andersen,, "Milford teacher, 40, allegedly exposed himself to teen Walmart worker in store bathroom," 24 May 2018 The 66-year-old had recently been convicted of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old, according to KATU. Josh Magness, sacbee, "Inmate killed this convicted child molester who just arrived at prison, authorities say," 12 July 2018 Duran arrived at the prison on July 2 to serve 55 years to life with the possibility of parole for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years old. Ashley May, USA TODAY, "Child molester beaten to death in California prison days after he arrived," 12 July 2018 Reneiro Rodriguez, 43, sits in county jail without bond on nine counts of lewd and lascivious behavior. David J. Neal And Carli Teproff, miamiherald, "She saw young girls twerking. Now, the church guitarist is accused of fondling 5 of them.," 10 July 2018 Calderon was arrested in January 2017 and charged in L.A. County Superior Court with committing lewd and lascivious acts with children and assaulting four female inmates under color of authority. Nina Agrawal,, "L.A. County officials approve $3.5 million in payouts over law enforcement misconduct," 10 July 2018 According to Palm Beach County school police, 34-year-old Eric Wakeley is facing a charge of lewd and lascivious behavior. Anna Commander,, "Former middle school teacher accused of sex with student," 21 June 2018 Connie Bertram, the head of Proskauer Rose’s labor and employment practice, has sued the company for paying her less than her male peers, and for top executives allegedly making objectifying and lascivious comments about her. David Meyer, Fortune, "Air France-KLM, Novartis and Cohen, Soros and Tesla: CEO Daily for May 16, 2018," 16 May 2018

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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

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English Language Learners Definition of lascivious

: filled with or showing sexual desire


las·​civ·​i·​ous | \ lə-ˈsi-vē-əs \

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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