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licentious

[lahy-sen-shuh s] /laɪˈsɛn ʃəs/
adjective
1.
sexually unrestrained; lascivious; libertine; lewd.
2.
unrestrained by law or general morality; lawless; immoral.
3.
going beyond customary or proper bounds or limits; disregarding rules.
Origin of licentious
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin licentiōsus unrestrained. See license, -ous
Related forms
licentiously, adverb
licentiousness, noun
nonlicentious, adjective
nonlicentiously, adverb
nonlicentiousness, noun
overlicentious, adjective
overlicentiously, adverb
overlicentiousness, noun
unlicentious, adjective
unlicentiously, adverb
unlicentiousness, noun
Can be confused
lascivious, licentious.
Synonyms
2. abandoned, profligate.
Antonyms
2. lawful.
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  • Capitolinus, Marcellus's colleague, a licentious and reckless man, made disgraceful proposals to this lad.

    Plutarch's Lives, Volume II Aubrey Stewart & George Long
  • Or would you ascertain whether he is licentious by putting your wife or daughter into his hands?

    Laws Plato
  • His Court was licentious; but the king himself does not appear to have been worse than his neighbours, even if he was no better.

    Ten Tudor Statesmen Arthur D. Innes
  • Query, Is this not encouraging the Inhabitants in their licentious and riotous disposition?

    The Siege of Boston Allen French
  • There they became the dupes of the declamations of the crafty and licentious Abbs, and writers of every denomination.

  • I refrained from expressing my abhorrence of that licentious doctrine because of my curiosity.

    A Set of Six Joseph Conrad
British Dictionary definitions for licentious

licentious

/laɪˈsɛnʃəs/
adjective
1.
sexually unrestrained or promiscuous
2.
(rare) showing disregard for convention
Derived Forms
licentiously, adverb
licentiousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Latin licentiōsus capricious, from licentialicence
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Word Origin and History for licentious
adj.

"morally unrestrained," 1530s, from Medieval Latin licentiosus "full of license, unrestrained," from Latin licentia (see license). Related: Licentiously; licentiousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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