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

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Heather Matuszek, 32, of Dunedin, was arrested Wednesday and charged with two felony counts of lewd and lascivious molestation. Wayne K. Roustan,, "Ex-church youth leader accused of fondling teen girl," 13 June 2019 Mark Foley’s timing was even worse than Collins’. The Florida congressman’s lascivious messages came to light at the end of September, too late for Republicans to try to get past. Chris Stirewalt, Fox News, "A new home for House Power Rankings," 15 Aug. 2018 Throughout her testimony, in front of an all-white, all-male committee, Professor Hill’s credibility was questioned, and she was grilled on every lascivious aspect of the alleged interactions over and over. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Christine Blasey Ford's Testimony—Here's Everything You Should Know," 26 Sep. 2018 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

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

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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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