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English definition of “licentious”


adjective     /laɪˈsen.ʃəs/ formal disapproving
(especially of a person or their behaviour) sexual in an uncontrolled and socially unacceptable wayRelating to sex and sexual desireRude and cheeky licentiously     /-li/ adverb licentiousness     /-nəs/ noun [U]
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