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 In 2013, Smith was charged with lascivious acts with a child after being accused of molesting a 10-year-old boy, court records show. Ian Richardson, USA TODAY, "Fact check: Iowan convicted of sex crimes wasn't released from prison due to gender change," 25 Apr. 2020 The man was cited for lewd and lascivious behavior. cleveland, "Driver ‘flips bird’ to officer -- several times: Lyndhurst Police Blotter," 25 Mar. 2020 Dunning was charged with lewd and lascivious behavior. Fox News, "Who are the 22 'most wanted' men accused of sexually assaulting and exploiting children?," 2 Mar. 2020 Powell has been convicted of lewd, lascivious behavior on several occasions, including in 2015 in Milwaukee County, 2015 and 2018 in Ozaukee County and 2018 in Washington County, according to online court records. Evan Frank, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "A Wauwatosa man exposed himself at multiple Lake Country tanning salons, complaint says," 26 Feb. 2020 James Randall Gillette, 77, pleaded guilty during a Jan. 2 appearance in Suffolk Superior Court to two counts of unnatural and lascivious acts on a child, according to the Suffolk district attorney’s office. Danny Mcdonald,, "Priest who served in Brighton during 1970s pleads guilty to child sex crimes," 6 Jan. 2020 Stage performances of Bangerz were equally lascivious, so NSFW that audiences had a difficult time adjusting to Cyrus’ toned-down, zen Cali-girl vibe for Younger Now. Ineye Komonibo,, "Billie Eilish Is Under Fire For Her Comments About The Authenticity Of Rap Music," 5 Feb. 2020 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

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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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4 Jun 2020

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“Lascivious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jun. 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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