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Pronunciation: /ˈwɔːntn; ˈwɒntn/

Translation of wanton in Spanish:


  • 1.1 (willful, pointless) [attack/destruction] sin sentido, gratuito; [neglect/waste] displicente
    Example sentences
    • Both acts of wanton destruction were deliberately aimed at symbolically injuring the self-esteem of the targeted victims, beside tremendous loss of innocent lives.
    • But legitimate protest has become mixed up with wanton destruction or even violence unrelated to the activities of the businesses attacked.
    • It is wanton and pointless vandalism which has caused a lot of disruption to the school, but also those who carry out such attacks are putting their own safety at risk.
    1.2 (licentious) [lifestyle] licencioso, disipado a wanton woman una desvergonzada or descocada or libertina
    Example sentences
    • For a moment I toyed with presenting myself as a wanton temptress with a dozen regular gentlemen callers and a bedside drawer full of Mates.
    • Together they roam the streets, picking up prostitutes and other willing, wanton woman to calm their near-desperate need for the female form.
    • Yet we never understand why she lives her life as such a wanton woman.


[literary/literario] [archaic]
  • 1.1 (wilful person) terco, (masculine, feminine) 1.2 (licentious person) libertino, (masculine, feminine)

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