li·​bid·​i·​nous | \ lə-ˈbi-də-nəs How to pronounce libidinous (audio) , -ˈbid-nəs \

Definition of libidinous

1 : having or marked by lustful desires : lascivious
2 : libidinal

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Other Words from libidinous

libidinously adverb
libidinousness noun

Examples of libidinous in a Sentence

a novel about a libidinous lawyer who becomes an abject slave to sexual addiction
Recent Examples on the Web For now, though, Libbie must try to stop a string of deaths tied to the libidinous influence of MacLane’s wicked memoir. Washington Post, "Emily M. Danforth’s ‘Plain Bad Heroines’ mixes up a delectable brew of gothic horror and Hollywood satire," 15 Oct. 2020 Thankfully, for women, the law now subdues the libidinous madman’s ravings. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "The Sex That Ruins Everything," 1 Oct. 2020 Diego is among several other tortoises who had been held in captivity to participate in a breeding program, but Diego is the most famous due, in part, to his libidinous nature. Daisy Hernandez, Popular Mechanics, "With His Species-Saving Mission Complete, Diego the Tortoise Returns Home," 19 June 2020 Haven’t most men of my generation, as our phone cameras got sharper and the dating app pools got more selective, taken a libidinous bathroom selfie? Jason Farago, New York Times, "Striking a Pose for What It Means to Be a Man," 12 Mar. 2020 In award-winning portraits of his friend Robert Andy Coombs, a fellow-photographer who is gay and quadriplegic, Solomon asserts paralyzed bodies as libidinous beings. Eren Orbey, The New Yorker, "The Visceral Satisfactions of a Disabled Photographer’s Gaze," 6 Feb. 2020 Years later, Kasie has put her life aside to support her bedridden father (James Kang) by catering to the pleasures of libidinous businessmen as a karaoke-room hostess. New York Times, "The Week in Arts: A Mini-Festival of Music and a 9/11 Remembrance," 7 Sep. 2019 And Bryan Banville is hilariously self-absorbed as the libidinous and not-too-bright Stacee Jaxx. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Review: ‘Rock of Ages’ at Cygnet a tongue-in-cheek guilty pleasure," 8 July 2019 The Skull of Sam, which is about libidinous teens making bad decisions with gory consequences, is by far the stronger of the two Campfire Creepers installments. Adi Robertson, The Verge, "Holograms, campfire horror stories, and OK Go: the best VR and AR from the Tribeca Film Festival," 27 May 2018

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First Known Use of libidinous

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for libidinous

Middle English, from Latin libidinosus, from libidin-, libido

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“Libidinous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of libidinous

formal : feeling or relating to strong sexual desires


li·​bid·​i·​nous | \ -ᵊn-əs, -ˈbid-nəs How to pronounce libidinous (audio) \

Medical Definition of libidinous

1 : having or marked by lustful desires
2 : libidinal libidinous ties between individuals

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