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 His father, riddled with syphilis, languishes in an asylum, while his mother lives in a decrepit house with a bevy of small dogs and the lascivious attentions of a Japanese chauffeur. Peter Cowie, WSJ, "Sinister Subservience," 19 Mar. 2021 Joseph was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious behavior with a victim between the ages of 12 and 16. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Man, 18, arrested for sex with 13-year-old girl he met through social media, Margate police say," 13 Mar. 2021 But the sequel also provides moments for a raft of newcomers, including Tracy Morgan as Lavelle’s protective uncle; Leslie Jones as Lavelle’s lascivious mom and Wesley Snipes as a threatening general of a rival African nation to Zamunda. Tribune News Service, cleveland, "‘Coming 2 America’ balances nostalgia for original film with modern times," 5 Mar. 2021 Oneal faces charges of interfering with the custody of a minor and lewd/lascivious battery on a victim 12 to 16 years old, according to the roster. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, "Police: Florida man traveled to Beebe to pick up girl, 14," 24 Feb. 2021 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

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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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The first known use of lascivious was in the 15th century

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10 Apr 2021

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“Lascivious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 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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