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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR LEWDNESS

They are not the fruits of love but of a sexual union based on idleness and lewdness.

Ye've followed him so long in lewdness that now yell follow him in conversion!

Messalina, wife to the emperor Claudius, infamous for her lewdness.

And these games are reckoned devout in proportion to their lewdness.

By the French and Anglo-Saxon laws, lewdness was thus punished.

Lambe was notorious for the lewdness of his life and his evil habits.

He should not give ear to a woman's voice, for the voice of a woman is lewdness.

That never taught him lewdness, nor the love of wine, nor the wish to reap where he had not sowed.

It cannot be denied, says he, that the christians of Europe are subject to two great vices, drunkenness and lewdness.

Lewdness is as contagious as typhus fever, and vice spreads like oil upon the water.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English læwede "nonclerical," of uncertain origin but probably ultimately from Vulgar Latin *laigo-, from Latin laicus (see lay (adj.)). Sense of "unlettered, uneducated" (early 13c.) descended to "coarse, vile, lustful" by late 14c. Related: Lewdly; lewdness.

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