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Definition of lewd

1a : obscene, vulgar lewd remarks
b : sexually unchaste or licentious (see licentious sense 1) lewd behavior
2 obsolete : evil, wicked

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Other Words from lewd

lewdly adverb
lewdness noun

Examples of lewd in a Sentence

He made lewd remarks to the woman at the bar. bystanders were shocked by the lewd behavior of the couple in the park

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Just for internal consistency, though: Anyone who would gladly break up over a lewd comment, or laugh one off, gets no argument from me. Carolyn Hax, Detroit Free Press, "Woman considers dumping new boyfriend over comment about her breasts," 25 July 2019 Just for internal consistency, though: Anyone who would gladly break up over a lewd comment, or laugh one off, gets no argument from me. Carolyn Hax, oregonlive.com, "Carolyn Hax: “Should I dump new boyfriend over lewd comment about my breasts?”," 24 July 2019 Peter William Cooper of Elmore, Alabama, has been returned to South Carolina to face a charge of a lewd act on a minor in 1976. Howard Koplowitz | Hkoplowitz@al.com, al.com, "Alabama man facing sex abuse charge in South Carolina found dead in cell," 22 July 2019 James Alexander Hobson, of Lithia Springs, was arrested after messaging the Marietta officer and sending lewd photos of himself, according to an arrest warrant. Michael Hebert, ajc, "Police: Man tried to solicit sex from Marietta cop posing as 14-year-old girl," 20 July 2019 Where is the justice?': A bus driver rapes, a man keeps girl captive and neither are going to prison Police arrested Kabatra on two rape complaints and one complaint of lewd acts with a child, KWTV-DT reported. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "Oklahoma man arrested for allegedly raping 4-year-old girl in McDonald's restroom," 18 July 2019 In bringing charges this time, prosecutors in New York said a search of Epstein’s Upper East Side mansion over the weekend yielded a vast trove of hundreds or even thousands of lewd photos of young women or girls. Washington Post, "Financier in sex case went from math whiz to titan," 9 July 2019 The Republican governor is set for trial May 14 in St. Louis on a felony indictment accusing him of taking a lewd photo of the woman without her permission in 2015, before he was elected. Jim Salter, chicagotribune.com, "Acquittal of Missouri governor Eric Greitens wouldn't guarantee political survival," 13 Apr. 2018 In 2001, he was arrested again in Polk County on charges of lewd or lascivious molestation and indecent acts against a victim between 12 and 16, court records show. Jeff Weiner, orlandosentinel.com, "Lakeland man accused of drugging, raping autistic boy, 15 — who later died," 23 July 2019

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First Known Use of lewd

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for lewd

Middle English lewed vulgar, from Old English lǣwede laical, ignorant

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English Language Learners Definition of lewd

: sexual in an offensive or rude way


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Legal Definition of lewd

: involving or being sexual conduct that is considered indecent or offensive : licentious convicted of lewd and lascivious assault upon a childNational Law Journal

Other Words from lewd

lewdly adverb
lewdness noun

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