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Below you will find the definition of wanton, followed by 43 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(noun) - lewd or lascivious woman
EXAMPLES - Wanton in a Sentence
- Both sides engaged in wanton violence and slaughter. (source)
- OpEdNews - Quicklink: Gaza homes destruction 'wanton' (source)
- For the perverse pleasure in wanton (self -) destruction? (source)
- Their behaviour was inexcusable as they took part in wanton criminality. (source)
- There is no longer a wide support base for this kind of wanton criminality. (source)
- Just a litany of excuses to justify what can only be termed wanton violence. (source)
- See on  1Ti 5: 11, where the Greek verb "wax wanton" is akin to the noun here. (source)
- V. ii.310 (340,7) you make a wanton of me] A _wanton_ was, a man feeble and effeminate. (source)
- To be wanton, that is to say, to be darkened in heart -- this is to be far from thy face. (source)
- I made up my mind to submit gaily, called her wanton, and said I was not worth the pains she was taking over me. (source)
- The longer answer is that the "wanton" destruction by Israel of Palestinian property is due to exigencies of war. (source)
- At this moment a tame linnet flew toward her, nestled its head between her breasts, and nibbled them in wanton play. (source)
- CAFFERTY: I mean that's just -- that boggles the mind, that somebody would be capable of that kind of wanton destruction. (source)
- Zenawi says the VOA operates in "wanton disregard of minimum ethics of journalism and engaging in destabilizing propaganda." (source)
- Japanese Defense Minister Toshimi Kitazawa condemned "wanton" aggression by the North and said Japan fully supports South Korea. (source)
- RUSH LIMBAUGH, TALK SHOW HOST: We're trying to stand up and oppose this and stop this kind of wanton abuse of privacy from taking place. (source)
- But in off-the record briefings unnamed Pentagon officials have confirmed the action, terming the wanton slaughter of Pakistani civilians a success. (source)
- That she, she who had never really experienced any kind of wanton sexual urges or impulses, should now feel this, react like this, ache like this ... (source)
- They claim that while the capitalists are amassing vast fortunes, and are living in wanton and wasteful luxury, they, are reduced to drudgery and poverty. (source)
- This kind of what I call wanton stupidity, where an industry delivers a sub-standard tech and then quickly upgrades it to encourage additional sales volumes sucks. (source)
- Sure the ME is not the beacon of democracy, and there are a lot of issues that need to undergo public dialogue, namely wanton sexual harassment in Egypt, Syria, and Jordan. (source)
- Neo-Confucians generally described as wanton and improper any participation in a religious ritual or ceremony that had no relationship with the larger family involved with them. (source)
- The second is to be fled, that is, the wanton delights of Venus, according to the sentence of Sophocles and of Xenocrates, saying that lust is to be fled as a furious government. (source)
- The threatened extinction of the Alaskan native was referred to as wanton, and the term was used in the sense that there are no necessary natural causes fighting against his survival. (source)
- In Lalgarh at least, the Indian Maoists had the good sense not to stand and confront the might of the State, thus avoiding loss of lives, which could only be described as a wanton waste. (source)
- Let me first of all say that I myself, my government and the people of Pakistan condemn in the strongest terms the wanton act of terrorism on the 11th of September against the United States. (source)
- It seized the door and rattled it in wanton playfulness, as if to deceive the sick man with the hope that a friend's hand was on the latch, and then raced blustering and screaming down to the meadows below. (source)
- The word cinaedus, translated "wanton," might have been rendered by a word in vulgar use, the coarsest in the English language, and there is probably still more in the allusion too indelicate to be dwelt upon. (source)
- Julie Crocker had been assailed too when Little took the stand in his own defence, characterized as a wanton serial philanderess, with Little the epitome of tolerant forgiveness, the moral core of their family. (source)
- Mr. Rowland, the Ramsey pub landlord, says his change of heart about the EU came when he saw what he calls the "wanton destruction" that EU rules and quotas brought to fishing towns on the northern English coast. (source)
- The older editors were so fond of mending passages, that they did not take ordinary pains to understand them; and in this instance they have been so successful in sticking the epithet "wanton" to Ganymede, that even (source)
- The endless proliferation of services, highways and schools in an outward direction from the city's core and their mounting costs will very shortly bring us to the realization that this kind of wanton luxury cannot be afforded much longer. (source)
- Maxwell land grant case, which he characterizes as a wanton and shameful surrender to the rapacity of monopolists of 1,662,764 acres of the public domain, on which hundreds of poor men had settled in good faith and made valuable improvements. (source)
- But the events within South Africa had made everything suddenly more urgent and relevant to the ANC, and Tambo, fueled by outrage at what he called the wanton killing of schoolchildren, wove images of the uprising deep into the fabric of his speech: (source)
- ANY threat to commit violence communicated with intent to terrorize another, or to cause the evacuation of any building, place of assembly or facility of transportation, or in wanton disregard of the risk causing such terror or evacuation. gotta ask. (source)
- _Asmodeus_, we all remember your great services of yore; no one keeps his prisoners more firmly under the lock, and no one meets with less rebuke than yourself -- the whole rebuke, indeed, consisting in a little laughing, at what is called wanton tricks. (source)
- The unchastity of woman is the main theme, but ranked with the adulteress and the wanton are the murderess of husband or of child, the torturer of the slave, the client of the fortune-teller or the astrologer, and even the more harmless female athlete and blue-stocking. (source)
- In addition to the threat from profit-seeking corporations, scholars cite other potentially destructive forces such as wanton souvenir hunting as well as uncontrolled or unmonitored scientific sampling, like that which has occurred in explorations of remote polar regions. (source)
- He felt the same about people who objected to Catholic ceremonies; their dislike of them did not present itself to him as arising out of a different religious experience from his own; but it appeared as a propensity toward unmannerly behaviour, as a kind of wanton disregard of decency and good taste. (source)
- Edmund hears the circumstances of his birth spoken of with a most degrading and licentious levity, -- his mother described as a wanton by her own paramour, and the remembrance of the animal sting, the low criminal gratifications connected with her wantonness and prostituted beauty, assigned as the reason, why 'the whoreson must be acknowledged!' (source)
- The old carvings along the wood balcony were chipped and casual; no longer did the serpent-headed sport in wanton freedom with apocryphal nymphs, and the famous monkeys leered in the most sinister of split mouths at the great Vishnu and Lakshmi, whom erstwhile they had worshipped with abject dejection, in the sanctified company of Hanuman the divine. (source)
- (Coulter is known for her controversial and violent speech directed toward a variety of groups, including advocating the "wanton" bombing of Muslim countries, the execution of their leaders, public torture and a nuclear attack on N. Korea as a "warning" to the rest of the world, as well as her famous 2004 response that "I think a baseball bat is the most effective way these days" to talk to liberals.) (source)
- Not everyone would consider men such as Stock best placed to help young girls negotiate their developing sexuality in a healthy manner, but clearly, without the intervention of these brave moral arbiters, we would be overrun with the kind of wanton primary-school tarts who can't even glance at the video for "Telephone" without pestering their mothers for tiny thongs, crop tops and their very own strap-on dildo just like Lady Gaga. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 43 example sentences provided below is 47.0, which suggests that "wanton" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 16 synonyms for wanton.
X-rated, abandoned, fast, lax, lewd, libertine, libidinous, licentious, outrageous, profligate, promiscuous, shameless, speedy, unprincipled, unscrupulous, wayward
We have 13 antonyms for wanton.
careful, chaste, clean, decent, gentle, good, kind, moral, nice, observant, righteous, thoughtful, wise
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of wanton from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Immoral or unchaste; lewd.
- (adjective) Gratuitously cruel; merciless.
- (adjective) Marked by unprovoked, gratuitous maliciousness; capricious and unjust: wanton destruction.
- (adjective) Unrestrainedly excessive: wanton extravagance; wanton depletion of oil reserves.
- (adjective) Luxuriant; overabundant: wanton tresses.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Undisciplined, unruly; not able to be controlled.
- (adjective) Lewd, immoral; sexually open, unchaste.
- (adjective) Playful, sportive; being merry or carefree (often used figuratively).
- (adjective) Self-indulgent, fond of excess; luxurious.
- (adjective) Capricious, reckless of morality, justice etc.; acting without regard for the law or the well-being of others; gratuitous.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Untrained; undisciplined; unrestrained; hence, loose; free; luxuriant; roving; sportive.
- (adjective) Wandering from moral rectitude; perverse; dissolute.
- (adjective) Specifically: Deviating from the rules of chastity; lewd; lustful; lascivious; libidinous; lecherous.
- (adjective) Reckless; heedless.
- (noun) A roving, frolicsome thing; a trifler; -- used rarely as a term of endearment.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Ill brought up; undisciplined; unrestrained; hence, free from moral control.
- (None) Characterized by extreme recklessness, fool-hardiness, or heartlessness; malicious; recklessly disregardful of right or of consequences: applied both to persons and to their acts.
- (None) Wild; unruly; loose; unrestrained.
- (None) Playful; sportive; frolicsome.
- (None) Rank; luxuriant.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (noun) lewd or lascivious woman
- (verb) spend wastefully
- (verb) behave extremely cruelly and brutally
- (adjective) occurring without motivation or provocation
- (verb) indulge in a carefree or voluptuous way of life