Definition of lascivious in US English:



  • (of a person, manner, or gesture) feeling or revealing an overt and often offensive sexual desire.

    ‘he gave her a lascivious wink’
    • ‘This is an allegation of lewd and lascivious conduct, Nancy.’
    • ‘Women could donate eggs - a somewhat less lascivious process - for $1,000 to $3,000.’
    • ‘My sock drawer, which should be a vault of depravity and secret lascivious habits contains socks and underwear.’
    • ‘If anybody says that she is lewd or lascivious he lies.’
    • ‘Anna's encounter with S&M leaves her with lascivious fantasies of previously unknown sexual desires.’
    • ‘I think it's interesting that we went from seven lewd and lascivious charges down to four, and one of them is an attempt, as well.’
    • ‘This would appear to involve sitting in a bar and drinking local spirits, occasionally bobbing up to link together video segments with a smattering of lascivious small-talk.’
    • ‘She's accused of having lewd and lascivious conduct with one of her students.’
    • ‘Reportedly, individuals were booked for charges ranging from urinating in the streets, creating a nuisance to lewd and lascivious behavior.’
    • ‘Mild expressions of lascivious interest in fellow bar patrons or party-attendees also come in handy.’
    • ‘He finds himself on a psycho-erotic country estate where all manner of lewd and lascivious acts are taking place.’
    • ‘The body ranges between the sexes, the pose extremely lascivious while the lustfully mounting tones of the overture are played slowly, to be savoured.’
    • ‘Cool down, Liz; cease that lascivious whistling immediately.’
    • ‘He answered with a lascivious wink when reporters asked him what he was giving his wife for her birthday.’
    • ‘The societies brought prosecutions against vice and protested against lewd plays and lascivious entertainments, such as masquerades.’
    • ‘This was still money, and no harm could come to her after the lascivious squeeze and wink.’
    • ‘Each count involving lewd or lascivious acts carries potential prison time of three, six or eight years.’
    • ‘Gradually, as lascivious sapphic tendencies become apparent, the gulf in sexual mores between the youthful maid and her venerable employers becomes more pronounced.’
    • ‘He was forced to strategically excise parts in the opening shower sequence, replace some lascivious dialogue, and tone down some of the overt gore.’
    • ‘The previous year, Miami cops had had the suspect in custody for lewd and lascivious molestation, without checking his immigration status.’
    lecherous, lewd, lustful, licentious, libidinous, goatish, salacious, wanton, lubricious, prurient, dirty, smutty, filthy, naughty, suggestive, indecent, ribald
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Late Middle English: from late Latin lasciviosus, from Latin lascivia ‘lustfulness’, from lascivus ‘lustful, wanton’.