Dictionary Meaning and Definition on 'Lascivious'
adj : driven by lust; preoccupied with or exhibiting lustful
desires; "libidinous orgies" [syn: lewd, libidinous,
- Lascivious \Las*civ"i*ous\, a. [L. lascivia wantonness, fr.
lascivus wanton; cf. Gr. (?) lecherous, (?) to wish, Skr.
lash to desire.]
- Wanton; lewd; lustful; as, lascivious men; lascivious desires. --Milton.
- Tending to produce voluptuous or lewd emotions. He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber To the lascivious pleasing of a lute. --Shak. -- Las*civ"i*ous*ly, adv. -- Las*civ"i*ous*ness, n.
Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Lascivious'
"Lascivious" is a word synonymous with lustful or lewd.
In American legal jargon, lascivious is a semi-technical term indicating immoral sexual thoughts or actions. It is often used in the legal description of criminal acts in which some sort of sexual activity is prohibited to differentiate that activity from "innocent" conduct. It is often used as one of several adjectives to describe pornography as compared to non-pornographic depictions of sex or sexual themes.
In American legal jargon mailing lascivious matter is prohibited thus:
Every obscene, lewd, lascivious, indecent, filthy or vile article, matter, thing, device, or substance ...[See more about Lascivious at Dictionary 3.0 Encyclopedia]
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