licentiousness


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li·cen·tious

 (lī-sĕn′shəs)
adj.
1. Lacking moral restraint, especially in sexual conduct.
2. Archaic Ignoring accepted rules or standards, as of prescriptive grammar.

[Latin licentiōsus, from licentia, freedom, license; see license.]

li·cen′tious·ly adv.
li·cen′tious·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.licentiousness - the quality of being lewd and lasciviouslicentiousness - the quality of being lewd and lascivious
immorality - the quality of not being in accord with standards of right or good conduct; "the immorality of basing the defense of the West on the threat of mutual assured destruction"
2.licentiousness - dissolute indulgence in sensual pleasure
intemperateness, self-indulgence, intemperance - excess in action and immoderate indulgence of bodily appetites, especially in passion or indulgence; "the intemperance of their language"

licentiousness

noun
Excessive freedom; lack of restraint:
Translations

licentiousness

nUnmoral f, → Unzüchtigkeit f; (of book)Freizügigkeit f; (of look)Lüsternheit f
References in classic literature ?
It was a peculiar combination of old-maidishness and licentiousness that made Cutter seem so despicable.
This illustrious person had very usefully employed his studies, in finding out effectual remedies for all diseases and corruptions to which the several kinds of public administration are subject, by the vices or infirmities of those who govern, as well as by the licentiousness of those who are to obey.
The magistracy, being equally the ministers of the law of the land, from whatever source it might emanate, would doubtless be as ready to guard the national as the local regulations from the inroads of private licentiousness.
They forget, or will not remember, that human sacrifices, and the power of an idolatrous priesthood -- a system of profligacy unparalleled in any other part of the world -- infanticide a consequence of that system -- bloody wars, where the conquerors spared neither women nor children -- that all these have been abolished; and that dishonesty, intemperance, and licentiousness have been greatly reduced by the introduction of Christianity.
And it is the more to be lamented, because there is reason to suppose as my dear Charlotte informs me, that this licentiousness of behaviour in your daughter has proceeded from a faulty degree of indulgence; though, at the same time, for the consolation of yourself and Mrs.
I hated his fashion of mentioning love; I abhorred, from my soul, mere licentiousness.
All these things also which are done in an extreme democracy should be done in a tyranny, as permitting great licentiousness to the women in the house, that they may reveal their husbands' secrets; and showing great indulgence to slaves also for the same reason; for slaves and women conspire not against tyrants: but when they are treated with kindness, both of them are abettors of tyrants, and extreme democracies also; and the people too in such a state desire to be despotic.
My mind shudders when I think of her awful, awful situation, and that, near as she is to the grave, she should be so given up to vanity, licentiousness, profaneness, and folly.
But upon my honour, there seems no limits to the licentiousness of that woman's tongue
Many of these coureurs des bois became so accustomed to the Indian mode of living, and the perfect freedom of the wilderness, that they lost relish for civilization, and identified themselves with the savages among whom they dwelt, or could only be distinguished from them by superior licentiousness.
As it rarely happens that public opinion, in its whimsical flights, does not identify a principle with a man, thus the people saw the personification of the Republic in the two stern figures of the brothers De Witt, those Romans of Holland, spurning to pander to the fancies of the mob, and wedding themselves with unbending fidelity to liberty without licentiousness, and prosperity without the waste of superfluity; on the other hand, the Stadtholderate recalled to the popular mind the grave and thoughtful image of the young Prince William of Orange.
And have you thought of the years of licentiousness he inevitably has lived?