Word of the Day Archive
Sunday May 25, 2003
lascivious \luh-SIV-ee-uhs\ , adjective:
1. Lewd; lustful.
2. Tending to arouse sexual desires.
Irwin, wearing Groucho Marx glasses to which a false nose is attached, appears uncharacteristically as a lascivious fellow, the maitre d'hôtel who tries to move in on the girlfriend.
-- Vincent Canby, "Fool Moon", New York Times, October 30, 1995
Harry . . . volunteered with a lascivious leer, flirting as usual.
-- Jackie Collins, Thrill!
Bartholomew Fair was a byword for immorality and in 1697 the lord mayor had published an ordinance against 'obscene, lascivious and scandalous plays, comedies and farces, unlawful games and interludes, drunkenness, etc'.
-- Jenny Uglow, Hogarth: A Life and a World
Lascivious comes from Late Latin lasciviosus, from Latin lascivia, "wantonness, lust, playfulness" from lascivus, "wanton, sportful, playful."