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promiscuous

[pruh-mis-kyoo-uh s] /prəˈmɪs kyu əs/
adjective
1.
characterized by or involving indiscriminate mingling or association, especially having sexual relations with a number of partners on a casual basis.
2.
consisting of parts, elements, or individuals of different kinds brought together without order.
3.
indiscriminate; without discrimination.
4.
casual; irregular; haphazard.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; < Latin prōmiscuus mixed up, equivalent to prō- pro-1 + misc(ēre) to mix + -uus deverbal adj. suffix; see -ous
Related forms
promiscuously, adverb
promiscuousness, noun
hyperpromiscuous, adjective
hyperpromiscuously, adverb
hyperpromiscuousness, noun
nonpromiscuous, adjective
nonpromiscuously, adverb
nonpromiscuousness, noun
unpromiscuous, adjective
unpromiscuously, adverb
unpromiscuousness, noun
Synonyms
1. unchaste. 2. hodgepodge, confused, mixed, jumbled. See miscellaneous. 3. careless.
Antonyms
1, 2. pure. 3. selective.
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British Dictionary definitions for promiscuousness

promiscuous

/prəˈmɪskjʊəs/
adjective
1.
indulging in casual and indiscriminate sexual relationships
2.
consisting of a number of dissimilar parts or elements mingled in a confused or indiscriminate manner
3.
indiscriminate in selection
4.
casual or heedless
Derived Forms
promiscuously, adverb
promiscuousness, noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin prōmiscuus indiscriminate, from pro-1 + miscēre to mix
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Word Origin and History for promiscuousness

promiscuous

adj.

c.1600, people or things, "mingled confusedly, grouped together without order, consisting of a disorderly mix; indiscriminate," from Latin promiscuus "mixed, indiscriminate, in common, without distinction," from pro- "forward" (see pro-) + miscere "to mix" (see mix (v.)). Meaning "indiscriminate in sexual relations" recorded by 1857, from promiscuity. The Latin adjective was used with conubia (e.g. between patricians and plebeians). Related: Promiscuously.

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