wantonness


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wan·ton

 (wŏn′tən)
adj.
1.
a. Lascivious or promiscuous. Used especially of women.
b. Exciting or expressing sexual desire: a wanton pose.
2. Marked by unprovoked, gratuitous maliciousness; capricious and unjust: wanton destruction.
3. Unrestrainedly excessive: wanton extravagance.
4. Luxuriant; overabundant: wanton tresses.
5. Frolicsome; playful: a wanton fawn.
6. Obsolete Rebellious; refractory.
intr.v. wan·toned, wan·ton·ing, wan·tons
1. To behave in a wanton manner; act lasciviously.
2. To move idly or playfully.
n.
One, especially a woman, who is licentious or promiscuous.

[Middle English wantowen : wan-, not, lacking (from Old English; see euə- in Indo-European roots) + towen, past participle of teen, to bring up (from Old English tēon, to lead, draw; see deuk- in Indo-European roots).]

wan′ton·ly adv.
wan′ton·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.wantonness - the trait of lacking restraint or controlwantonness - the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry; "she danced with abandon"
unrestraint - the quality of lacking restraint
2.wantonness - the quality of being lewd and lasciviouswantonness - 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"

wantonness

noun
A complete surrender of inhibitions:
Translations
دَعارَه، عَبَث، جَوْر، تَهَوُّر
formålsløshedhensynsløshed
fékezhetetlenség
tilefnisleysi
ahlâksızlık

wantonness

[ˈwɒntənnɪs] N
1. (= gratuitousness) → lo gratuito; (= senselessness) → falta f de sentido
2. (= dissoluteness) [of person] → lascivia f; [of behaviour] → disipación f, inmoralidad f

wantonness

n
(= immorality) (of sb’s life)Liederlichkeit f; (of behaviour, woman)Schamlosigkeit f; (of look, thought)Lüsternheit f
(= wilfulness) (of cruelty)Mutwilligkeit f; (of disregard, negligence)Sträflichkeit f

wanton

(ˈwontən) adjective
1. without reason; motiveless. wanton cruelty; the wanton destruction of property.
2. (of a person) immoral. wanton young women.
ˈwantonly adverb
ˈwantonness noun
References in classic literature ?
This, it is true, would of itself alone never have been able to eradicate Jones from his bosom; but it was greatly injurious to him, and prepared Mr Allworthy's mind for those impressions which afterwards produced the mighty events that will be contained hereafter in this history; and to which, it must be confest, the unfortunate lad, by his own wantonness, wildness, and want of caution, too much contributed.
But let it be admitted, for argument's sake, that mere wantonness and lust of domination would be sufficient to beget that disposition; still it may be safely affirmed, that the sense of the constituent body of the national representatives, or, in other words, the people of the several States, would control the indulgence of so extravagant an appetite.
Leandra's youth furnished an excuse for her fault, at least with those to whom it was of no consequence whether she was good or bad; but those who knew her shrewdness and intelligence did not attribute her misdemeanour to ignorance but to wantonness and the natural disposition of women, which is for the most part flighty and ill-regulated.
This brute had run a little way and then turned savagely at bay, and Montgomery--with a certain wantonness, I thought--had shot him.
He had swept it out of existence, as it seemed, without any provocation, as a boy might crush an ant hill, in the mere wantonness of power.
He devastates his own kingdom in the wantonness of his force.
No conservatory of a king could compare with this wild wantonness of sun-generous vegetation.
With the wantonness of a sick man's fancy, he likened it to the mighty cry of some Titan of the Elder World vexed with misery or wrath.
Weston may grow cross from the wantonness of comfort, or his son may plague him.
I have the books yet; two little, stout volumes in fine print, with the marks of wear on them, but without those dishonorable blots, or those other injuries which boys inflict upon books in resentment of their dulness, or out of mere wantonness.
Most of all, it was gambling, and on many an occasion not necessary for the advancement of his own schemes, he, as he called it, went the stock-exchange a flutter, out of sheer wantonness and fun.
The picture I present to you is peaceful and human, and you must feel that you could deny it only in the wantonness of power and cruelty.