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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.
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"


A complete surrender of inhibitions:
دَعارَه، عَبَث، جَوْر، تَهَوُّر


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


(= 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


(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 ?
Contrary to the usages of the natives in the wantonness of their success they had respected, not only the persons of the trembling sisters, but his own.
Weston may grow cross from the wantonness of comfort, or his son may plague him.
Those whom last thou sawst In triumph and luxurious wealth, are they First seen in acts of prowess eminent And great exploits, but of true vertu void; Who having spilt much blood, and don much waste Subduing Nations, and achievd thereby Fame in the World, high titles, and rich prey, Shall change thir course to pleasure, ease, and sloth, Surfet, and lust, till wantonness and pride Raise out of friendship hostil deeds in Peace.
It is the mere wantonness of insult,'' said one of the oldest and most important of Prince John's followers, Waldemar Fitzurse, ``and if your Grace attempt it, cannot but prove ruinous to your projects.
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.
I cannot help thinking, men of Athens, that Meletus is reckless and impudent, and that he has written this indictment in a spirit of mere wantonness and youthful bravado.
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.
The sweetness was turned to adamantine, heartless cruelty, and the purity to voluptuous wantonness.
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.
On this, as he passed, he gave Ulysses a kick on the hip out of pure wantonness, but Ulysses stood firm, and did not budge from the path.
He devastates his own kingdom in the wantonness of his force.
Of course, this might have been done out of sheer wantonness, for I well knew--I had remarked it only too often--that, after listening to what I had to say, and angering me almost beyond endurance, she loved suddenly to torture me with some fresh outburst of contempt and aloofness