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We have all manner of licentious people in the village!
Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  inappropriate sexual behavior — especially in public behavior
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  • We have all manner of licentious people in the village!
    Arthur Miller  --  The Crucible
  • Nately’s father was a sober, philosophical and responsible man; this old man was fickle and licentious.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • It was a peculiar combination of old-maidishness and licentiousness that made Cutter seem so despicable.
    Willa Cather  --  My Antonia
  • Lust and licentiousness, the cravings of the flesh-
    Stephen King  --  Carrie

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  • I will first know what it is that the bold licentious eyes of Lothario have seen in me that could have encouraged him to reveal to me a design so base as that which he has disclosed regardless of his friend and of my honour.
    Miguel de Cervantes  --  Don Quixote
  • Did the schools recruit for Christianity or promote Western-style licentiousness?
    Greg Mortenson & David Oliver Relin  --  Three Cups of Tea
  • The slave girl is reared in an atmosphere of licentiousness and fear.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • This illustrious person had very usefully employed his studies, in finding out effectual remedies for all diseases and corruptions to which the several kinds of public administration are subject, by the vices or infirmities of those who govern, as well as by the licentiousness of those who are to obey.
    Jonathan Swift  --  Gulliver’s Travels
  • And it is the more to be lamented, because there is reason to suppose as my dear Charlotte informs me, that this licentiousness of behaviour in your daughter has proceeded from a faulty degree of indulgence; though, at the same time, for the consolation of yourself and Mrs. Bennet, I am inclined to think that her own disposition must be naturally bad, or she could not be guilty of such an enormity, at so early an age.
    Jane Austen  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • He even launched into an ethnographic digression: the German was vapourish, the French woman licentious, the Italian passionate.
    Gustave Flaubert  --  Madame Bovary

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  • They stopped to look at her, laughing, and began jesting with unbridled licentiousness.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • He had also a wish to establish himself in the good graces of the lady; for John was at least as licentious in his pleasures as profligate in his ambition.
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • My mind shudders when I think of her awful, awful situation, and that, near as she is to the grave, she should be so given up to vanity, licentiousness, profaneness, and folly.
    William Makepeace Thackeray  --  Vanity Fair
  • Now something such an one was Claggart, in whom was the mania of an evil nature, not engendered by vicious training or corrupting books or licentious living, but born with him and innate, in short "a depravity according to nature."
    Herman Melville  --  Billy Budd
  • And soon we found that the queen for whom the place was named was the licentious old Cyprian one.
    Saul Bellow  --  The Adventures of Augie March
  • How dearly would it touch thee to the quick, Should’st thou but hear I were licentious, And that this body, consecrate to thee, By ruffian lust should be contaminate!
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • Cedric knows all this, just as he knows his resistance was made possible, back when, by Barbara’s fierce code, Pastor Long’s admonitions against all such licentiousness, and the constant reminders of Cedric Gilliam’s broken journey, testifying to what can happen when someone without hope of personal betterment discovers drinking and drugs.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • But if I thought to draw him on more gently by this device, I did not think of subjecting the girl to the licentiousness and brutality of so old a hand as you.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Not that he doubted the war—Germany stood for everything repugnant to him; for materialism and the direction of tremendous licentious force; it was just that Burne’s face stayed in his memory and he was sick of the hysteria he was beginning to hear.
    F. Scott Fitzgerald  --  This Side of Paradise
  • And by reading of these Greek, and Latine Authors, men from their childhood have gotten a habit (under a false shew of Liberty,) of favouring tumults, and of licentious controlling the actions of their Soveraigns; and again of controlling those controllers, with the effusion of so much blood; as I think I may truly say, there was never any thing so deerly bought, as these Western parts have bought the learning of the Greek and Latine tongues.
    Thomas Hobbes  --  Leviathan
  • As he wove all these anxieties into a single rope, he suspected that his audience felt no interest, and that the City Magistrate fondled either maiden behind the cover of the harnionium, but good breeding compelled him to continue; it was nothing to him if they were bored, because he did not know what boredom is, and it was nothing to him if they were licentious, because God has created all races to be different.
    E.M. Forster  --  A Passage to India
  • Attempts have been made by some governments to protect the morality of nations by prohibiting licentious books.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
  • HENRY (A pause, during which the music fades to silence) What else but a fool to live in a Court, in a licentious mob—when I have friends, with gardens.
    Robert Bolt  --  A Man for All Seasons
  • The distinction between a well regulated army and a mob is the good order and discipline of the first, and the licentious and disorderly behavior of the latter.
    David G. McCullough  --  1776
  • The general tone of this work is light, and often licentious, forming a perfect contrast to the solemn style of the works published at the same period in New England.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • The pegs had been neatly placed in holes bored in the granite, which reminded him of the Prince of Wales, and he dreamed that night of wonderfully perfumed women with rosy flesh and intoxicated, licentious stares.
    Mark Helprin  --  A Soldier of the Great War
  • The magistracy, being equally the ministers of the law of the land, from whatever source it might emanate, would doubtless be as ready to guard the national as the local regulations from the inroads of private licentiousness.
    Alexander Hamilton, James Madison, & John Jay  --  The Federalist Papers
  • Somewhere she had picked up the tyrannical spirit of the ladies of the Mauve Decade and, like them, looked upon men as naturally brutish creatures whose licentious and lazy instincts could be overcome only by the guidance of a good woman.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • As to mere libertinism, you would be the first to remind me that the Festin de Pierre of Moliere is not a play for amorists, and that one bar of the voluptuous sentimentality of Gounod or Bizet would appear as a licentious stain on the score of Don Giovanni.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Consequently nothing can really shake the confidence of the public in the Lord Chamberlain’s department except a remorseless and unbowdlerized narration of the licentious fictions which slip through its net, and are hallmarked by it with the approval of the Throne.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • Herr Settembrini was afraid of the "absolute Spirit," wanted to restrict "spirit" to democratic progress, and nothing else—was horrified by militant Naphta’s religious licentiousness, which made a jumble of God and the Devil, the holy and the criminal, genius and illness, which recognized no values, no judgments of reason, no will.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • But Pertinax was created emperor against the wishes of the soldiers, who, being accustomed to live licentiously under Commodus, could not endure the honest life to which Pertinax wished to reduce them; thus, having given cause for hatred, to which hatred there was added contempt for his old age, he was overthrown at the very beginning of his administration.
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • Now, Sir, ’added he, ’can God be honoured in such an unlawful liberty as this; how can a blessing succeed to the best endeavours, if men are allowed to live in so licentious a way?"
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • *licentious barmaid* But sooth to say he was somedeal squaimous* *squeamish Of farting, and of speeche dangerous.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • In fact," he continued as with a huge bang Southend split itself into six equal segments which danced and spun giddily round each other in lewd and licentious formations, "there is something altogether very strange going on."
    Douglas Adams  --  The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy
  • — But upon my honour, there seems no limits to the licentiousness of that woman’s tongue!"
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
  • Most licentious custom.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • OK," I said, staring with licentious abandon at Theresa’s photograph.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • "Yes, sir," returned Marmaduke, "the Jacobins of France seem rushing from one act of licentiousness to an other, They continue those murders which are dignified by the name of executions.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • …me reaching and crowding to help them, My flesh and blood playing out lightning to strike what is hardly different from myself, On all sides prurient provokers stiffening my limbs, Straining the udder of my heart for its withheld drip, Behaving licentious toward me, taking no denial, Depriving me of my best as for a purpose, Unbuttoning my clothes, holding me by the bare waist, Deluding my confusion with the calm of the sunlight and pasture-fields, Immodestly sliding the fellow-senses…
    Walt Whitman  --  Leaves of Grass
  • It makes white fathers cruel and sensual; the sons violent and licentious; it contaminates the daughters, and makes the wives wretched.
    Harriet Jacobs  --  Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
  • Licentious men.
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • Somehow in the 19205 the "flapper" spirit had seeped into Morrisonville and infected her with the licentiousness of the jazz age.
    Russell Baker  --  Growing Up
  • I should not dispute it if dramatic poets really were what English public opinion generally assumes them to be during their lifetime: that is, a licentiously irregular group to be kept in order in a rough and ready way by a magistrate who will stand no nonsense from them.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Mrs. Warren’s Profession
  • —Who stirred up the licentious John to war against his grey-headed father—against his generous brother?
    Sir Walter Scott  --  Ivanhoe
  • ’I can’t help thinking of the Hippolytus of Euripides, where the early licentiousness of Theseus is probably responsible for the asceticism of the son that helps bring about the tragedy that ruins them all.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • I was prevented, however, from making her an offer at the time by my selfishness, I was loath to part with the allurements of my free and licentious bachelor life in the heyday of my youth, and with my pockets full of money.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Brothers Karamazov
  • He heard his sister’s sufferings derided, and her virtuous conduct jeered at and brutally misconstrued; he heard her name bandied from mouth to mouth, and herself made the subject of coarse and insolent wagers, free speech, and licentious jesting.
    Charles Dickens  --  Nicholas Nickleby
  • Marriage is the most licentious of human institutions— ANA.
    George Bernard Shaw  --  Man And Superman
  • Yet the Europeans have exercised a powerful influence over the savages: they have made them more licentious, but not more European.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 1
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