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lewd

[lood] /lud/
adjective, lewder, lewdest.
1.
inclined to, characterized by, or inciting to lust or lechery; lascivious.
2.
obscene or indecent, as language or songs; salacious.
3.
Obsolete.
  1. low, ignorant, or vulgar.
  2. base, vile, or wicked, especially of a person.
  3. bad, worthless, or poor, especially of a thing.
Origin
900
before 900; Middle English leud, lewed, Old English lǣwede lay, unlearned
Related forms
lewdly, adverb
lewdness, noun
Can be confused
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Examples from the web for lewdness
  • Individuals convicted of lewdness, at whatever level, fall squarely within this category.
  • The defendant, thirty-one years of age at the time of trial, was first convicted of open and gross lewdness at the age of sixteen.
British Dictionary definitions for lewdness

lewd

/luːd/
adjective
1.
characterized by or intended to excite crude sexual desire; obscene
2.
(obsolete)
  1. wicked
  2. ignorant
Derived Forms
lewdly, adverb
lewdness, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old English lǣwde lay, ignorant; see lay³
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Word Origin and History for lewdness

lewd

adj.

Old English læwede "nonclerical," of uncertain origin but probably ultimately from Vulgar Latin *laigo-, from Latin laicus (see lay (adj.)). Sense of "unlettered, uneducated" (early 13c.) descended to "coarse, vile, lustful" by late 14c. Related: Lewdly; lewdness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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lewdness in the Bible

(Acts 18:14), villany or wickedness, not lewdness in the modern sense of the word. The word "lewd" is from the Saxon, and means properly "ignorant," "unlearned," and hence low, vicious (Acts 17:5).

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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