Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The property of being lewd.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Ignorance; folly.
  • n. Viciousness; wickedness.
  • n. Lustfulness; lascivious behavior; lechery.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the trait of behaving in an obscene manner

Etymologies

lewd +‎ -ness (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • But alas! this is a way which never takes: for such great ones in all their debauches will be attended upon through thick and thin, and care not for any but a thoroughpaced companion in their vices; since no other can give them any countenance in their lewdness, which is the chief thing they drive at and desire.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. IV.

  • On the contrary, I have carefully preserved this and as far as the subject would give me leave, improved it, but with this caution always, that I have set forth the entertainments of vice in their proper colours, lest young people might be led to take them for innocent diversions, and from figures not uncommon in modern authors, learn to call lewdness gallantry, and the effects of unbridled lust the starts of too warm an imagination.

    Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed

  • Incensed by "lewdness," Comstock worked the halls of Congress and in 1873 got passed the "Act of the Suppression of Trade in, and Circulation of, Obscene Literature and Articles of Immoral Use," otherwise known as the Comstock Act.

    Harry Potter And The Ministry Of FireBook Burnings: Harry Potter And The Ministry Of Fire

  • They are as ready for their cups, for their rotten, obscene, and profane discourse; and, in a word, for all kind of lewdness; as if the preacher had not reproved their vice, but produced new arguments to encourage it; and exhorted them to persevere diligently in those blessed paths, in which they are sure to have the Devil for their leader, and their lust for their companion.

    Sermons Preached Upon Several Occasions. Vol. V.

  • When we see so many revolt from the profession of the reformed religion, to the corruptions and superstitions of Rome; and others, from a religious and sober life, to plunge themselves into all kind of lewdness and debauchery, and, it is to be feared, into atheism and infidelity; can we doubt any longer whether it be possible for

    The Works of Dr. John Tillotson, Late Archbishop of Canterbury. Vol. 06.

  • The owners of the store are obviously free to ask him, in his "lewdness", to leave and not come back, but to attack him with the bludgeon of government is wrong.

    Libertarian Blog Place

  • The campus experienced two earlier instances of "lewdness" last weekend, which was Princeton's first admitted students 'weekend of the year.

    Yale Daily News: Latest Issue

  • Isn't your name a byword in London for debauchery and vice, for every kind of lewdness and depravity? "

    Flashman's Lady

  • "Every kind of lewdness, every form of evil; no justice, no restraint.

    Rienzi, Last of the Roman Tribunes

  • Likewise, "lewdness" ( "zimmâh / zammâh," H2154), as in "they have committed lewdness and folly in Israel" (20: 6), is used more in a sexual sense than for any other type of sin (Lv. 18: 17; 19: 29; 20: 14; Jer.

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