Definitions

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  • adv. In a licentious manner, rowdily, overwhelmed by passion and without control of appetites (especially sexual appetites).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a licentious manner; with too great freedom; especially, in contempt of law and morality; lasciviously; loosely; dissolutely.

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

  • adv. in a licentious and promiscuous manner

Etymologies

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licentious +‎ -ly

Examples

  • He cavorts licentiously with the above-named beauties Laetitia Casta, Anna Mouglalis and Lucy Gordon, respectively.

    Tense but Flawed, 'Debt' Defaults on Drama

  • When the love between them is impaired, R. Akiva acknowledges this as reason for divorce, in contrast to the view that permits the severance of the marital bond only if the husband finds his wife acting licentiously.

    Akiva, Rabbi.

  • If I recommend Elegy to my readers, it is not as a licentiously escapist entertainment, but, rather, as a soberingly eloquent expression of what our lives are all about, whether we want to think about them or not. asarris@observer.com

    Sir Ben Kingsley Plays Roth���s Concupiscent Kepesh as Cruz Nudes Up

  • In his words, more than a few of them began to “live licentiously and freely, after the English fashion,” in what he called la vie angloise.

    Champlain's Dream

  • Above this table was an oval barometer with a black border enlivened with gilt bands, on which the flies had so licentiously disported themselves that the gilding had become problematical.

    Eug�nie Grandet

  • I want tough Democrats who will talk about balancing the budget, instead of the spineless economic path Bush has licentiously pursued.

    The Wimp Factor; Defining the Real Wimps

  • A few years later, a House of Commons committee was sent with a body of soldiers to Somerset House, where the chapel was “licentiously rifled.”

    The Dragon’s Trail

  • His youth was distinguished by all the tumult and storm of pleasures, in which he most licentiously triumphed, disdaining all decorum.

    Letters to his son on The Art of Becoming a Man of the World and a Gentleman

  • Conjecture, though it be sometimes unavoidable, I have not wantonly nor licentiously indulged.

    Preface to Shakespeare

  • For the censors had power to expel a senator, and enroll whom they judged most fit in his room, and to disgrace such young men as lived licentiously, by taking away their horses.

    The Lives of the Noble Grecians and Romans

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