Definitions for wantonness

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

wan•tonˈwɒn tn(adj.)

  1. done maliciously or unjustifiably:

    wanton cruelty.

  2. deliberate and without motive; unprovoked:

    a wanton attack.

  3. without regard for what is right, just, etc.; reckless:

    wanton assassination of a person's character.

  4. sexually unrestrained; lascivious; lewd:

    wanton behavior.

  5. extravagant or excessive:

    living in wanton luxury.

  6. luxuriant, as vegetation.

  7. Archaic. sportive or frolicsome, as children or young animals. having free play: cruelly playful; mischievous:

    wanton breezes.

    wanton schoolboys.

  8. (n.)a wanton or lascivious person, esp. a woman.

  9. (v.i.)to behave in a wanton manner.

  10. (v.t.)to squander (often fol. by away):

    to wanton away one's inheritance.

Origin of wanton:

1250–1300; ME wantowen lit., undisciplined, ill-reared, OE wan- not +togen ptp. of tēon to discipline, rear, c. G ziehen, L dūcere to lead; akin to tow1


Princeton's WordNet

  1. abandon, wantonness, unconstraint(noun)

    the trait of lacking restraint or control; reckless freedom from inhibition or worry

    "she danced with abandon"

  2. licentiousness, wantonness(noun)

    the quality of being lewd and lascivious


  1. wantonness(Noun)

    The state or characteristic of being wanton; recklessness, especially as represented in lascivious or other excessive behavior.

  2. wantonness(Noun)

    A particular wanton act.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Wantonness(noun)

    the quality or state of being wanton; negligence of restraint; sportiveness; recklessness; lasciviousness

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