pro·​mis·​cu·​i·​ty | \ ˌprä-mə-ˈskyü-ə-tē How to pronounce promiscuity (audio) , ˌprō- \
plural promiscuities

Definition of promiscuity

1 : promiscuous sexual behavior
2 : miscellaneous mingling or selection of persons or things : indiscriminateness

Examples of promiscuity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Although not as radical as Breillat, Fontaine comes close, endorsing Claire’s promiscuity while acknowledging troubled male appetites. Armond White, National Review, 27 Aug. 2021 Alexis struggles with the personal aspect of David’s license and promiscuity — the essential question of homosexual fidelity that’s been swept away by political correctness. Armond White, National Review, 18 June 2021 This decade of license and promiscuity came abruptly to an end in the mid-1980s as the full horror of the AIDS epidemic became apparent. New York Times, 10 May 2021 Upon first meeting Ann, the player immediately sees other female students gossiping about her assumed promiscuity (Americans can sometimes be stereotyped as aggressive and lewd in Japan). Esther Mollica, Wired, 10 May 2021 Yet that early alienation did not prevent her from embracing her wants as an adult and indulging in the pleasures of promiscuity. New York Times, 19 Apr. 2021 Bisexuality, for example, is mocked as a lesser identity and characters become victims of harmful stereotypes of promiscuity and untrustworthiness. Usa Today Staff, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2021 Limbaugh made Fluke’s request for universal medical coverage into a sign of personal promiscuity. Washington Post, 19 Feb. 2021 Greene’s promiscuity is mentioned but seldom delved into. Washington Post, 15 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of promiscuity

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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6 Sep 2021

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“Promiscuity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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pro·​mis·​cu·​i·​ty | \ ˌpräm-əs-ˈkyü-ət-ē, prə-ˌmis- How to pronounce promiscuity (audio) \
plural promiscuities

Medical Definition of promiscuity

: promiscuous sexual behavior


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