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Lascivious Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    lascivious adj : driven by lust; preoccupied with or exhibiting lustful desires; "libidinous orgies" [syn: lewd, libidinous, lustful]
Lascivious Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Lascivious \Las*civ"i*ous\, a. [L. lascivia wantonness, fr. lascivus wanton; cf. Gr. (?) lecherous, (?) to wish, Skr. lash to desire.]
  1. Wanton; lewd; lustful; as, lascivious men; lascivious desires. --Milton.
  2. 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.
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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 ...

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* Now is the winter of our discontent Made glorious summer by this sun of York, And all the clouds that loured upon our house In the deep bosom of the ocean buried. Now are our brows bound with victorious wreaths, Our bruised arms hung up for monuments, Our stern alarums changed to merry meetings, Our dreadful marches to delightful measures. Grim-visaged war hath smoothed his wrinkled front And now, instead of mounting barbed steeds To fright the souls of fearful adversaries, He capers nimbly in a lady's chamber To the lascivious pleasing of a lute. But I, that am not shaped for sportive tricks, Nor made to court an amorous looking-glass I, that am rudely stamped, and want love's majesty To strut before a wanton ambling nymph I, that am curtailed of this fair proportion, Cheated of feature by dissembling nature, Deformed, unfinished, sent before my time Into this breathing world, scarce half made up, And that so lamely and unfashionable That dogs bark at me as I halt by them,-- Why, I, in this weak piping time of peace, Have no delight to pass away the time, Unless to spy my shadow in the sun. - William Shakespeare

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