Definition of lascivious in English:



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

    ‘he gave her a lascivious wink’
    • ‘The societies brought prosecutions against vice and protested against lewd plays and lascivious entertainments, such as masquerades.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Gradually, as lascivious sapphic tendencies become apparent, the gulf in sexual mores between the youthful maid and her venerable employers becomes more pronounced.’
    • ‘This was still money, and no harm could come to her after the lascivious squeeze and wink.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Each count involving lewd or lascivious acts carries potential prison time of three, six or eight years.’
    • ‘Reportedly, individuals were booked for charges ranging from urinating in the streets, creating a nuisance to lewd and lascivious behavior.’
    • ‘This is an allegation of lewd and lascivious conduct, Nancy.’
    • ‘If anybody says that she is lewd or lascivious he lies.’
    • ‘He finds himself on a psycho-erotic country estate where all manner of lewd and lascivious acts are taking place.’
    • ‘The previous year, Miami cops had had the suspect in custody for lewd and lascivious molestation, without checking his immigration status.’
    • ‘He answered with a lascivious wink when reporters asked him what he was giving his wife for her birthday.’
    • ‘Anna's encounter with S&M leaves her with lascivious fantasies of previously unknown sexual desires.’
    • ‘My sock drawer, which should be a vault of depravity and secret lascivious habits contains socks and underwear.’
    • ‘He was forced to strategically excise parts in the opening shower sequence, replace some lascivious dialogue, and tone down some of the overt gore.’
    • ‘Mild expressions of lascivious interest in fellow bar patrons or party-attendees also come in handy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Women could donate eggs - a somewhat less lascivious process - for $1,000 to $3,000.’
    lecherous, lewd, lustful, licentious, libidinous, goatish, salacious, wanton, lubricious, prurient, dirty, smutty, filthy, naughty, suggestive, indecent, ribald
    debauched, depraved, degenerate, dissolute, dissipated, unchaste, loose
    horny, blue
    concupiscent, lickerish
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Late Middle English: from late Latin lasciviosus, from Latin lascivia lustfulness from lascivus lustful, wanton.