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 Coen gifted her a set of classic potboilers by authors like Raymond Chandler and James M. Cain, including the libidinous Postman Always Rings Twice. Keaton Bell, Vogue, 23 Apr. 2021 That is changed, thank goodness, when certain members of the crew decide to get off the suppression juice and stage a rebellion that restores limited amounts of libidinous behavior. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 8 Apr. 2021 Alan Lelchuk was furious, and enduringly so, about being the libidinous Baumgarten in The Professor of Desire and the ultimately unsuccessful writer Ivan Felt in The Anatomy Lesson. Matthew Schneier, Vulture, 2 Apr. 2021 For now, though, Libbie must try to stop a string of deaths tied to the libidinous influence of MacLane’s wicked memoir. Washington Post, 15 Oct. 2020 Thankfully, for women, the law now subdues the libidinous madman’s ravings. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, 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, 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, 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, 6 Feb. 2020

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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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