lech·​ery | \ ˈle-chə-rē How to pronounce lechery (audio) , ˈlech-rē \

Definition of lechery

: inordinate (see inordinate sense 1) indulgence in sexual activity : lasciviousness

Examples of lechery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web However, his deep-seated lechery overwhelmed his life and destroyed what might have been an idyllic ’50s youth for me. Abigail Van Buren, oregonlive, "Dear Abby: Man feels disinclined to spend time on half-sisters from father’s affairs," 31 Oct. 2020 And thus Dalton became a hunting ground where Epstein could target not just girls for his trademark lechery but other influential men to sponsor him. Virginia Heffernan, Wired, "Steely Eyes, Tragic Ends: The Bromantic Theory of History," 26 Aug. 2020 In the 17th century, expressions such as suburb lechery and suburb sinner (meaning a prostitute) were common. Ben Zimmer, The Atlantic, "Trump’s Version of the Suburbs Is a Lie," 31 July 2020 But just in case a reader still has the stomach for more grotesquerie by the time the main narrative is finished, there’s a 70-page appendix filled with truncated tales of lascivious behavior — bonus nuggets of lechery. Washington Post, "A thorough, revolting history of Trump’s behavior toward women," 23 Oct. 2019 This complex, though comprehensible, history — a tale of deceit, cruelty, murder, lechery and geopolitical ambition — is narrated at a clear, brisk pace by Julian Elfer, who gives special pleasure in the musical grace of his Italian pronunciation. Katherine A. Powers, Washington Post, "The sordid tale of the Borgias and other great audiobooks for your playlist," 26 Sep. 2019 This Blog is here for a purpose—to fight pedophilia and znus [lechery], not for snide remarks, filthy comments or threats. Linda Stasi, Harper's magazine, "Secrets and Lies," 16 Sep. 2019 The cold humor, which is lechery, which is seething debauchery, which is abomination itself. Amos Oz, Harper's magazine, "Setting the World to Rights," 10 Apr. 2019 What’s more, the movie producer’s lechery has become the kind of story that takes on a life of its own, launching 1,000 takes on everything from politics to pop culture. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "Stop blaming the 1960s and '70s for Harvey Weinstein … and the rest of America's problems | Will Bunch," 22 Oct. 2017

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13th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Lechery.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/lechery. Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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