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lechery

[lech-uh-ree] /ˈlɛtʃ ə ri/
noun, plural lecheries.
1.
unrestrained or excessive indulgence of sexual desire.
2.
a lecherous act.
Origin
1200-1250
1200-50; Middle English lecherie < Old French. See lecher, -y3
Synonyms
1. carnality, lust, promiscuity.
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  • What they were seeing was not lechery in action but science.
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  • It has some swearing, much gunfire and a few moments of pointless lechery.
British Dictionary definitions for lechery

lechery

/ˈlɛtʃərɪ/
noun (pl) -eries
1.
unrestrained and promiscuous sexuality
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Word Origin and History for lechery
n.

c.1200, from Old French lecherie "impertinence, deceit," from lecheor (see lecher).

The priests had excellent cause to forbid us lechery: this injunction, by reserving to them acquaintance with and absolution for these private sins, gave them an incredible ascendancy over women, and opened up to them a career of lubricity whose scope knew no limits. [Marquis de Sade, "Philosophy in the Bedroom"]

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