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.

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 John Mordecai Scott was convicted in March of 13 felony counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor and five felony counts of lewd acts upon a child age 14 or 15, among other charges. Christian Martinezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 6 May 2022 Jacksonville Beach City Attorney Christopher Ambrosio, 48, was arrested for lewd/lascivious molestation of a child older than 12 but younger than 16 and contributing to the delinquency of a child, WTLV-WJXX reported. Garfield Hylton,, 25 Mar. 2021 Anthony Alex Brown, 23, of Lauderdale Lakes, was arrested Tuesday in Fort Lauderdale on one count of a lewd and lascivious act against a victim between 12 and 16 years old. Angie Dimichele, Sun Sentinel, 29 Apr. 2022 Davis was booked into Sacramento County jail Tuesday on suspicion of a lewd or lascivious act with a child under 14, a felony. Christian Martinezstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 28 Apr. 2022 Davis was arrested on suspicion of committing lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14. Lawrence Richard, Fox News, 27 Apr. 2022 Demetrius Carl Davis, 24, was booked into the Sacramento County Jail on Tuesday on a charge of lewd or lascivious acts with a child under 14, jail records show. Elisha Fieldstadt, NBC News, 27 Apr. 2022 Hindu women are depicted as being coveted by lascivious Muslim men. Debasish Roy Chowdhury, Time, 30 Mar. 2022 The four-poster double bed from the redbrick house took up most of the new bedroom, and Mother took up most of the old bed, lying across it, loose and lascivious. Christine Schutt, Harper’s Magazine , 16 Feb. 2022 See More

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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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“Lascivious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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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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