promiscuity

noun

pro·​mis·​cu·​i·​ty ˌprä-mə-ˈskyü-ə-tē How to pronounce promiscuity (audio)
ˌprō-
plural promiscuities
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 Such creative promiscuity is paying dividends; León and his label, Socios Music, are reportedly poised to strike a lucrative joint-venture deal with a major record company. Craig Marks, New York Times, 27 May 2024 Drugs and alcohol continue to flow along with bisexual promiscuity and the discovery of S&M helps ease Lidia's demons. Raechal Shewfelt, EW.com, 9 May 2024 Daniel makes his promiscuity entertaining with the song’s steady percussive bounce. Heran Mamo, Billboard, 28 Mar. 2024 In media, many bisexual characters become lazy plot devices to demonstrate promiscuity. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 27 Mar. 2024 These famous men were more well known for their promiscuity than their level heads, which may have been influenced by the disease. Irene Wright, Miami Herald, 1 Feb. 2024 The problem, experts say, stems from a lack of awareness and understanding of the virus, as well as persistent social stigma about the disease being a sign of promiscuity among women. Nadeen Ebrahim, CNN, 25 Aug. 2023 Perez Escobar also stars as man whose promiscuity hides something deeper and compellingly shows a seemingly happy-go-lucky man reduced to a mass of pain. Matthew J. Palm, Orlando Sentinel, 24 Apr. 2023 Even creatures prone to promiscuity, like rats, are often primed to revisit their first pleasure-inducing partner, according to a 2015 study co-authored by Pfaus. Amy Paturel, Discover Magazine, 21 Mar. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Time Traveler
The first known use of promiscuity was in 1663

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Cite this Entry

“Promiscuity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/promiscuity. Accessed 13 Jun. 2024.

Kids Definition

promiscuity

noun
prom·​is·​cu·​ity
ˌpräm-əs-ˈkyü-ət-ē
plural promiscuities
: the quality or state of being promiscuous

Medical Definition

promiscuity

noun
pro·​mis·​cu·​i·​ty ˌpräm-əs-ˈkyü-ət-ē, prə-ˌmis- How to pronounce promiscuity (audio)
plural promiscuities
: promiscuous sexual behavior
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