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 Granda wasn't surprised that Falwell tried to pin the affair on his wife's promiscuity. Barnini Chakraborty, Fox News, "Giancarlo Granda claims Falwell Jr. has been 'relentlessly harassing' him since sex scandal broke," 9 Sep. 2020 As in humans, promiscuity and possessiveness can coexist: The nesting male aims to monopolize his partner’s matings, and that means running off rival males. National Geographic, "They may look goofy, but ostriches are nobody’s fool," 4 Aug. 2020 Falwell, whose university in Virginia has a stringent code of conduct for students that forbids promiscuity and requires them to dress modestly, deleted the post and apologized during an interview with WLNI. Madison Dibble, Washington Examiner, "Top House Republican demands Jerry Falwell Jr. resign as Liberty University president over unzipped pants photo," 7 Aug. 2020 Flooding them with the promiscuity of its associations: blood, desire, danger, anger, love, good luck, failure, frustration, fight, flight, fault. Matthew Sweet, The Economist, "The Line of Beauty Sex, anger, lust, danger: the semiotics of scarlet," 10 July 2020 And other unworthy characters whose gambling and debts and promiscuity bring down those around them. Tim Parks, The New York Review of Books, "A Novel Way to Think About Literary Categories," 25 May 2020 Its backers say that will fight pedophilia and discourage early promiscuity. Vanessa Gera,, "Polish government divided on ‘Draconian’ abortion, sex education bills," 15 Apr. 2020 There is an enormous difference between selfish promiscuity, coupled with appalling sexism, and sexting a 14-year-old, or rape. Rosanne Cash, Billboard, "Rosanne Cash Opens Up About Her #MeToo Experiences -- And How The Industry Can Avoid Further 'Collateral Damage'," 21 Mar. 2019 In addition, Truvada has been stigmatized in some parts of the United States as promoting promiscuity, creating barriers to access and use. New York Times, "How Australia Could Almost Eradicate H.I.V. Transmissions," 10 July 2019

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First Known Use of promiscuity

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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The first known use of promiscuity was in 1663

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17 Sep 2020

Cite this Entry

“Promiscuity.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Sep. 2020.

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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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