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 his sexual addiction

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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 Just how much is evidenced by the cocktail menu at the Bloomsbury Club Bar, which features, along with creative libations, an intricate diagram of the group’s wildly libidinous undertakings. Brian Melton, star-telegram, "As London gears up for royal wedding, a look at three villages that helped define it | Fort Worth Star-Telegram," 20 Apr. 2018 Olivia, a libidinous capitalist, is rapaciously, vibrantly American. Daniel D'addario, Time, "Scandal Helped Define the Obama Era. And Maybe Predicted Trump's," 19 Apr. 2018 His witty, libidinous lyrics spoke of girls, motorin’ and footloose fun. Editors, USA TODAY, "2017: Remembering those we've lost through the year," 12 Dec. 2017 The state’s Mormon culture recoiled from Donald Trump’s libidinous boasting, erratic behavior, and displays of extravagant consumption. Jonathan Chait, Daily Intelligencer, "The Mueller Investigation Is in Mortal Danger," 8 Dec. 2017 The storytelling feels too libidinous and crude (and occasionally gruesome) for middle grade or young adult readers. Ethan Gilsdorf, New York Times, "Misfit Creatures, Otherwise Known as Kids Today," 24 Aug. 2017 Incarcerated, not so much for his libidinous ways, but for gambling, cheating tourists, his flagrant libertinism in the face of the Venetian Inquisition, and his heretical interests in alchemy and the kabbalah. Gaile Robinson, star-telegram, "Kimbell’s ‘Casanova’ follows the seducer’s trail through Europe – adult-only art and all," 30 Aug. 2017

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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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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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