Obscene′ness, Obscen′ity, quality of being obscene: lewdness.
They are not the fruits of love but of a sexual union based on idleness and lewdness.
I will first begin with Adam for his lewdness Which for an apple neglected my commandment.
Ye've followed him so long in lewdness that now yell follow him in conversion!
There is real marmorean beauty in the lines,—their sculpturesqueness saves them from lewdness.
Messalina, wife to the emperor Claudius, infamous for her lewdness.
His art never taught him lewdness, nor the love of wine, nor the wish to reap where he had not sowed.
By the French and Anglo-Saxon laws, lewdness was thus punished.
There were periods when lewdness advertised itself by its garb and indecency wore a uniform.
Lambe was notorious for the lewdness of his life and his evil habits.
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.
(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).