One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
deliberate, wilful, malicious, malevolent, spiteful, vicious, wicked, evil, cruel
unprovoked, unmotivated, motiveless, arbitrary, groundless, unjustifiable, unjustified, needless, unnecessary, uncalled for, gratuitous, senseless, pointless, purposeless, aimless, useless, meaningless, empty, vacuous
2‘a wanton seductress’
promiscuous, immoral, loose, immodest, indecent, shameless, unblushing, unchaste, unvirtuous, fast, of easy virtue, impure, abandoned, lustful, lecherous, lascivious, salacious, lubricious, libidinous, licentious, libertine, profligate, dissolute, dissipated, debauched, degenerate, reprobate, corrupt, sinful, whorish, disreputable
3‘a wanton fawn’
capricious, playful, frisky, jolly, fun-loving, lively, full of life, high-spirited, spirited, careless, heedless, impulsive, impetuous, rash, reckless, abandoned, audacious, cavalier, devil-may-care, happy-go-lucky
archaic frolicsome, sportive
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