lewd

[lood]
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.
a.
low, ignorant, or vulgar.
b.
base, vile, or wicked, especially of a person.
c.
bad, worthless, or poor, especially of a thing.

Origin:
before 900; Middle English leud, lewed, Old English lǣwede lay, unlearned

lewdly, adverb
lewdness, noun

lewd, obscene, pornographic, profanatory, profane.
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lewd (luːd)
 
adj
1.  characterized by or intended to excite crude sexual desire; obscene
2.  obsolete
 a.  wicked
 b.  ignorant
 
[C14: from Old English lǣwde lay, ignorant; see lay³]
 
'lewdly
 
adv
 
'lewdness
 
n

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lewd
O.E. læwede "nonclerical," of uncertain origin but probably ult. from V.L. *laigo-, from L. laicus (see lay (adj.)). Sense of "unlettered, uneducated" (early 13c.) descended to "coarse, vile, lustful" by late 14c.
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Lewdness definition


(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).

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Example sentences
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.
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