Definitions

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The conduct or practices of a rake; dissoluteness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Debauchery; lewdness.

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  • noun Debauchery; lewdness.

Etymologies

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rake +‎ -ery

Examples

  • “So I think,” cries the other, and tosses his tie behind him, with an air partly of contempt, and partly of rakery.

    Pamela

  • And still a greater is thy balancing, (as thou dost at present,) between old rakery and new reformation; since this puts thee into the same situation with her, as they told me, at Leipsick, Martin Luther was in, at the first public dispute which he held in defence of his supposed new doctrines with Eckius.

    Clarissa Harlowe

  • London winter, between Parliaments and rakery, is a little too much without interruption for an elderly personage, that verges towards -- I won't say what.

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 2

  • Hertford's rakery, and Mr. Wilkes's religious deportment, and constant attendance at your chapel.

    The Letters of Horace Walpole, Earl of Orford — Volume 3

  • -- And still a greater is thy balancing, (as thou dost at present,) between old rakery and new reformation; since this puts thee into the same situation with her, as they told me, at Leipsick, Martin

    Clarissa Harlowe; or the history of a young lady — Volume 7

  • "Perhaps," he began with some hope, "when I say farewell to rakery once and for all, I may make something fine yet.

    Nancy Stair A Novel

  • “Ancient Ballads and Songs of the North of Scotland;” and as it bears testimony both to the reputation of the lady for wealth, and that of her husband for rakery and extravagance, it may be worth extracting: ”

    Life of Lord Byron

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