1Promiscuous and unprincipled in sexual matters.
- World famous, he is also a great womanizer, acknowledged as such by his colleagues, wife, and friends who themselves enjoy an entertainingly licentious social and sexual life.
- The poet Philip Larkin noted that sexual intercourse began in 1963, but a long suppressed study has shown that Britain indulged in licentious behaviour long before the dawn of the permissive society, writes Tom Baird.
- I myself visited a striptease establishment in the early 1970s and found the experience detumescent and soporific rather than conducive to licentious behaviour.
dissolute, dissipated, debauched, degenerate, immoral, naughty, wanton, decadent, depraved, sinful, corrupt;
lustful, lecherous, lascivious, libidinous, prurient, lubricious, lewd, promiscuous, lickerish
2 archaic Disregarding accepted rules or conventions, especially in grammar or literary style.
- In Paris it was welcomed by a public with a strong appetite for the irreverent and licentious in literature, and probably for subversive ideas of any kind in philosophy and theology.
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- In it the hero Oliver laments: ‘Wouldn't it have been really better to live like Mario, not socially labelled, not insured or predestined, but irresponsibly, even licentiously, within the limits of kindness and honour?’
- Perhaps no creature makes a better role model than these spotted animals, licentiously advertising their lust and hunger in wild howls and mad scratchings.
- Several runners advanced across the field towards the keep, and he grinned licentiously.
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- In Galatians 5: 19-21 the list is headed by sexual immorality, impurity, licentiousness, and idolatry.
- Tiberius distinguished his reign by great indolence, excessive cruelty, unprincipled avarice, and abandoned licentiousness.
- Default, unearned respect for culture breeds a decadent cultural licentiousness in which any amount of pretentious nonsense is encouraged and propagated.
Late Middle English: from Latin licentiosus, from licentia 'freedom'.
Words that rhyme with licentiousconscientious, contentious, pretentious, sententious, tendentious
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