lech·​ery ˈle-chə-rē How to pronounce lechery (audio)
: inordinate (see inordinate sense 1) indulgence in sexual activity : lasciviousness

Examples of lechery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Harper is under siege by multiple manifestations of toxic masculinity—lechery, neediness, condescension, even Geoffrey’s uncomfortable banter. David Sims, The Atlantic, 25 May 2022 Perrotta is up to his old tricks, painting a man’s thoughtless lechery in touching tones, inviting misreading. Katy Waldman, The New Yorker, 13 June 2022 With comic rebuttal, Post’s Christine deflected Fielding’s lechery throughout the series’ run. Jeff McDonald, San Diego Union-Tribune, 9 Aug. 2021

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Word History

First Known Use

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lechery was in the 13th century

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“Lechery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lechery. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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