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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
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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  • And this shews the mistake of those who imagine that friendship gives a privilege to licentiousness and sin.
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  • For the grossest licentiousness is practised and encouraged by the officers of some of the convict camps.
British Dictionary definitions for licentiousness

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 licentiousness

licentious

adj.

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

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