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

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Underpinning the concerns among men and women alike is the fear that bringing women into the workplace, allowing them to drive and relaxing the dress codes, will lead to promiscuity and a breakdown of the moral code. Washington Post, "Saudi women on the front line of change," 17 June 2018 As a rule, female promiscuity promotes sperm competition among males, and because the Y chromosome oversees sperm production, Dr. Makova said, the chimpanzee Y is likely evolving at hyperspeed to keep up. Natalie Angier, New York Times, "Secrets of the Y Chromosome," 11 June 2018 Then there's math teacher Hank (Tuc Watkins), who left his wife and kids for oversexed photographer Larry (Rannells) and now struggles to accept his partner's promiscuity. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Boys in the Band': Theater Review," 1 June 2018 Some of those who tested negative for disease were incarcerated anyway, because their alleged promiscuity was deemed a threat to soldiers’ moral hygiene. Kim Kelly, The New Republic, "A Forgotten War on Women," 22 May 2018 Maybe there are a lot of societal factors involved in drug abuse, in promiscuity, in shaming, in substance abuse of other types, addictions, violent video games, isolation because of social media, family dissolution. Fox News, "Ingraham: When Trump wins on principle," 27 Mar. 2018 In a number of those workshops promiscuity takes place in the most rude and horrible ways. Win Mccormack, The New Republic, "Outside the Limits of the Human Imagination," 27 Mar. 2018 For Hank, closetedness and clinging to heteronormative standards (eg. monogamy); for Hank's lover Larry, promiscuity. Albert Williams, Chicago Reader, "Archive Dive / Arts / LGBT / Theater A year before Stonewall, there was The Boys in the Band, the first successful mainstream play with all gay characters," 26 Mar. 2018 His promiscuity is a character flaw that makes him especially vulnerable to physical decline. Lori Soderlind, New York Times, "For the Love of a Dog," 9 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of promiscuity

1663, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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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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