Now his people were wantonly punished for resisting the expulsion; for seeking to reverse it.
But it would seem that latterly the privileges of the nation had been diminished, while their prejudices were wantonly shocked.
I have enemies enow, God knows, though I do not wantonly add to the number.
Such was England's rôle in the preparation of this wantonly prearranged war.
You had broken my heart, and I thought that you had done it wantonly.
The French officers made him the object of a series of petty insults, and wantonly destroyed the fruit on his grounds.
Watch that your pride does not chafe them—your power does not wantonly gall.
It seemed to him, in his honesty, that Reuben was wantonly cutting asunder all the ties that once bound him to the old home.
It was the opportunity of a lifetime, and he had wantonly thrown it away.
She consented, little aware of her heroism, to shine forth as an 'ideal;' and to this he wantonly pinned his faith.
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.