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wanton

adjective uk   /ˈwɒn.tən/ us    /ˈwɑːn.tən/

wanton adjective (WITHOUT CARE)

formal (of something bad, such as damage, cruelty, waste) extreme and showing no care at all: wanton destruction of human life a wanton disregard for safety wanton extravagance

wanton adjective (SEXUAL)

old use or humorous (of a woman) behaving or appearing in a very sexual way
wantonly
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
wantonness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ old use or humorous us  
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