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promiscuity

[prom-i-skyoo-i-tee, proh-mi-] /ˌprɒm ɪˈskyu ɪ ti, ˌproʊ mɪ-/
noun, plural promiscuities for 3.
1.
the state of being promiscuous.
2.
promiscuous sexual behavior.
3.
an indiscriminate mixture.
Origin of promiscuity
1840-1850
1840-50; promiscu(ous) + -ity; compare French promiscuité
Related forms
hyperpromiscuity, noun
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  • The New Race realises that promiscuity is only a lack of taste.

    The Hive Will Levington Comfort
  • On every story there was the same destitution, dirt, and promiscuity.

  • I was now in a perfect maze of promiscuity; there must have been at least fifty people who attracted me at that time.

  • MacLennan maintains the existence of matriarchy in promiscuity, but this is inadmissible.

    The Sexual Question August Forel
  • There is, let us say, a certain filthy rookery in Hoxton, dripping with disease and honeycombed with crime and promiscuity.

    What's Wrong With The World G.K. Chesterton
British Dictionary definitions for promiscuity

promiscuity

/ˌprɒmɪˈskjuːɪtɪ/
noun
1.
promiscuous sexual behaviour
2.
indiscriminate mingling, mixture, or confusion, as of parts or elements
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Word Origin and History for promiscuity
n.

1834, "indiscriminate mixture," from French promiscuité (1752), from Latin promiscuus "mixed" (see promiscuous) + French -ité (see -ity). Sexual sense is from 1844. Earlier was promiscuousness (by 1773 general; 1808 sexual).

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