licentiousness, looseness, dissoluteness, dissipation, profligacy, debauchery, rakishness; lechery, lubricity, lust, libidinousness, salaciousness, salacity, promiscuity; abandon, unrestraint, self-indulgence, intemperance, incontinence.

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  • Wantonness — Wan ton*ness, n. The quality or state of being wanton; negligence of restraint; sportiveness; recklessness; lasciviousness. Gower. [1913 Webster] The tumults threatened to abuse all acts of grace, and turn them into wantonness. Eikon Basilike.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • wantonness — index delinquency (misconduct), vice Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • wantonness — is spelt with two ns …   Modern English usage

  • wantonness — noun a) The state or characteristic of being wanton; recklessness, especially as represented in lascivious or other excessive behavior. The sweetness was turned to adamantine, heartless cruelty, and the purity to voluptuous wantonness. b) A… …   Wiktionary

  • wantonness — wanton ► ADJECTIVE 1) (of a cruel or violent action) deliberate and unprovoked. 2) sexually immodest or promiscuous. 3) literary growing profusely; luxuriant. ► NOUN archaic ▪ a sexually immodest or promiscuous woman. DERIVATIVES wantonly adverb …   English terms dictionary

  • wantonness — noun see wanton I …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • wantonness — See wantonly. * * * …   Universalium

  • wantonness — (Roget s Thesaurus II) noun A complete surrender of inhibitions: abandon, abandonment, incontinence, unrestraint, wildness. See RESTRAINT …   English dictionary for students

  • wantonness — wan·ton·ness || wÉ‘ntÉ™nɪs / wÉ’n n. quality or state of being wanton; recklessness; licentiousness; squandering …   English contemporary dictionary

  • wantonness — wan·ton·ness …   English syllables

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