His story is largely devoid of wanton violence and gratuitous sex.
Fears of wanton lawlessness, panic, and doom follow most every natural disaster, but they almost never come true.
Two sequels later, the comedy had been Kraken-ed out of the series, which has become awash in wanton CGI.
For each of Fonda's myriad reinventions, from wanton sex symbol to political activist to trophy wife, she has started life anew.
No huge tax cuts for the rich; no repeal of Obamacare; no opposition to same-sex marriage; no wanton unilateralism; and so on.
In his mind there was evidently a doubt whether it was wanton cruelty, or a desire for information concerning her protg.
This language is wanton cruelty,—it is fiendish insult,—is it not, Evelyn?
About this trick I was specially anxious, in order that I might practise some wanton jokes on my comrades.
But I wad sing on wanton wing, When youthfu' May its bloom renew'd.
The 'wanton lapwing' would not get himself another crest, and the poet would have to furnish himself with another example.
c.1300, wan-towen, "resistant to control; willful," from Middle English privative prefix wan- "wanting, lacking" (from Old English wan "wanting;" see wane) + togen, past participle of teon "to train, discipline;" literally "to pull, draw," from Proto-Germanic *teuhan (cf. Old High German ziohan "to pull;" see tug). The basic notion perhaps is "ill-bred, poorly brought up;" cf. German ungezogen "ill-bred, rude, haughty," literally "unpulled."
As Flies to wanton Boyes are we to th' Gods, They kill vs for their sport. [Shakespeare, "Lear," 1605]Especially of sexual indulgence from late 14c. The only English survival of a once-common Germanic negating prefix still active in Dutch (cf. wanbestuur "misgovernment," wanluid "discordant sound"), German (wahn-), etc. Related: Wantonly; wantonness.
"one who is ill-behaved," especially (but not originally) "lascivious, lewd person," c.1400, from wanton (adj.).
1580s, from wanton (n.). Related: Wantoned; wantoning.