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pro·mis·cu·ous

 (prə-mĭs′kyo͞o-əs)
adj.
1. Having casual sexual relations frequently with different partners; indiscriminate in the choice of sexual partners.
2.
a. Lacking standards of selection; acting without careful judgment; indiscriminate: criticized him for being promiscuous in his friendships.
b. Showing little forethought or critical judgment; casual: the promiscuous use of the word "populism."
3. Consisting of diverse, unrelated parts or individuals; confused: "Throngs promiscuous strew the level green" (Alexander Pope).
4. Biology Having a variety of functions, targets, or hosts; nonselective: promiscuous enzymes; promiscuous drugs; a promiscuous parasite.

[From Latin prōmiscuus, possessed equally : prō-, intensive pref.; see pro-1 + miscēre, to mix; see meik- in Indo-European roots.]

pro·mis′cu·ous·ly adv.
pro·mis′cu·ous·ness n.

promiscuous

(prəˈmɪskjʊəs)
adj
1. indulging in casual and indiscriminate sexual relationships
2. consisting of a number of dissimilar parts or elements mingled in a confused or indiscriminate manner
3. indiscriminate in selection
4. casual or heedless
[C17: from Latin prōmiscuus indiscriminate, from pro-1 + miscēre to mix]
proˈmiscuously adv
proˈmiscuousness n

pro•mis•cu•ous

(prəˈmɪs kyu əs)

adj.
1. characterized by or having numerous sexual partners on a casual basis.
2. consisting of a disordered mixture of various elements.
3. indiscriminate; without discrimination.
4. casual; irregular; haphazard.
[1595–1605; < Latin prōmiscuus mixed up =prō- pro-1 + misc(ēre) to mix + -uus deverbal adj. suffix; see -ous]
pro•mis′cu•ous•ly, adv.
pro•mis′cu•ous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.promiscuous - not selective of a single class or person; "Clinton was criticized for his promiscuous solicitation of campaign money"
indiscriminate - not marked by fine distinctions; "indiscriminate reading habits"; "an indiscriminate mixture of colors and styles"
2.promiscuous - casual and unrestrained in sexual behaviorpromiscuous - casual and unrestrained in sexual behavior; "her easy virtue"; "he was told to avoid loose (or light) women"; "wanton behavior"
unchaste - not chaste; "unchaste conduct"

promiscuous

adjective
1. licentious, wanton, profligate, debauched, fast, wild, abandoned, loose, immoral, lax, dissipated, unbridled, dissolute, libertine, of easy virtue, unchaste Everyone nowadays is aware of the risks of promiscuous sex. She is perceived as vain, spoilt and promiscuous.
licentious moral, pure, decent, innocent, modest, virtuous, chaste, virginal, unsullied, vestal, undefiled
Translations

promiscuous

[prəˈmɪskjʊəs] ADJpromiscuo

promiscuous

[prəˈmɪskjʊəs] adj [person] → aux mœurs légères
promiscuous sex → la promiscuité sexuelle
You know the risks of promiscuous sex → Vous connaissez les risques de la promiscuité sexuelle.
promiscuous behaviour → multipartenariat sexuel

promiscuous

adj
(sexually) → promisk, promiskuitiv (spec); to be promiscuoushäufig den Partner wechseln; promiscuous behaviourhäufiger Partnerwechsel
(liter)wirr

promiscuous

[prəˈmɪskjʊəs] adj (sexually) → promiscuo/a
References in classic literature ?
She's never been promiscuous like some of these girls -- a captain or a first mate, yes, but she's never been touched by a native.
Custom was all we went by, and our custom in this particular matter was rather promiscuous .
Gobineau in his great work, "L'Inegalite des Races Humaines", lays strong emphasis upon the evils which arise from promiscuous and inter-social marriages.
added Madame Cropole, already in promiscuous commentary with her neighbors of both sexes.
she asked; and as he remained sullenly dumb she went on: "I know so many who've tried to find it; and, believe me, they all got out by mistake at wayside stations: at places like Boulogne, or Pisa, or Monte Carlo--and it wasn't at all different from the old world they'd left, but only rather smaller and dingier and more promiscuous.
And now /you/, of all people in the world, /you/, who, as I fancied, had long ago forgotten all about me, and were living comfortably in old England, turn up in a promiscuous way and find me where you least expected.
It's too bad of you not to squawk and run; we depended on it, it's such fun to howl after you," said Will and Geordie, rolling out from under the sofa in a promiscuous heap.
Two on 'em meeting promiscuous must have hitched one another by the mitre pretty often, I should say.
With a cigar in my mouth and a newspaper in my lap, I had been amusing myself for the greater part of the afternoon, now in poring over advertisements, now in observing the promiscuous company in the room, and now in peering through the smoky panes into the street.
With all this, she, the elder of the sisters, was not yet twenty, and they had both been educated, since they were about twelve years old and had lost their parents, on plans at once narrow and promiscuous, first in an English family and afterwards in a Swiss family at Lausanne, their bachelor uncle and guardian trying in this way to remedy the disadvantages of their orphaned condition.
The bottom of the river was gravelly, there was no indication of crocodiles, those menaces to promiscuous bathing in the rivers of certain portions of the dark continent, and so the Abyssinians took advantage of the opportunity to perform long-deferred, and much needed, ablutions.
Above all sacrifice, or hallowed gift, Glory he requires, and glory he receives, Promiscuous from all nations, Jew, or Greek, Or Barbarous, nor exception hath declared; From us, his foes pronounced, glory he exacts.