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

Definition of lechery

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

Examples of lechery in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web

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 Harvey Weinstein and the appalling lechery that finally led to his downfall were not spoken about at Monday's InStyle Awards, but the undertones were clear in the cutting speech given by Cate Blanchett. Sarah Rense, Esquire, "Cate Blanchett on Women Dressing Sexily: 'It Doesn't Mean We Want to F*ck You'," 25 Oct. 2017 At the same time, Mrs. Clinton, so close to becoming the first woman to win the White House amid national outrage over reports of her rival’s male lechery, has all but abandoned gender as an issue. Amy Chozick, New York Times, "As Donald Trump Stumbles, Hillary Clinton Watches Her Step OCT. 13, 2016," 15 Oct. 2016 Hadleigh Adams emphasized wistful wisdom, not lechery, as Nicomedes. Mark Swed, latimes.com, "'Young Caesar' finally conquers: Troubled 1971 opera is reborn at Disney Hall," 14 June 2017

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'lechery.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of lechery

13th century, in the meaning defined above

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about lechery

Statistics for lechery

Last Updated

26 Jun 2019

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for lechery

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

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on lechery

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with lechery

Spanish Central: Translation of lechery

Nglish: Translation of lechery for Spanish Speakers

Comments on lechery

What made you want to look up lechery? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


providing supplementary assistance

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
How Strong Is Your Vocabulary?

Test your vocabulary with our 10-question quiz!

Word Winder's CrossWinder

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!