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She is known for wanton behavior.
  of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and especially sexual promiscuity
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wanton wantonness wantonly wantons
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  • She is known for wanton behavior.
  • The ability to see beauty is the beginning of our moral sensibility. What we believe is beautiful we will not wantonly destroy.
    Reverend Sean Parker Dennison
  • A little wanton money, which burned out the bottom of his purse.
    Sir Thomas More
  • I care not for those ladies that must be wooed and prayed. Give me kind Amaryllis, the wanton country-maid.
    le Gallienne, Richard  --  The Quest of the Golden Girl

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  • As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods; they kill us for their sport.
    Aldous Huxley  --  Brave New World
  • such wanton, wild, and usual slips As are companions noted and most known To youth and liberty.
    William Shakespeare  --  Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
  • some wanton charm upon this man and maid
    William Shakespeare  --  The Tempest
  • one who never feels the wanton stings and motions of the sense.
    William Shakespeare  --  Measure for Measure
  • The count he woos your daughter
    Lays down his wanton siege before her beauty
    William Shakespeare  --  All’s Well That Ends Well
  • Henceforth, do what thou wilt; I rather will suspect the sun with cold Than thee with wantonness:
    William Shakespeare  --  The Merry Wives of Windsor

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  • If you find her a wanton killer you must bring in a verdict of first degree murder.
    Zora Neale Hurston  --  Their Eyes Were Watching God
  • And wantonly again with him she play’d,
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • -all wantonly raiding a great man’s flocks, dishonoring his queen, because they thought he’d come no more.
    Homer  --  The Odyssey
  • He had swept it out of existence, as it seemed, without any provocation, as a boy might crush an ant hill, in the mere wantonness of power.
    H.G. Wells  --  The War of the Worlds
  • ...elders of the church have whispered wanton words to the young maids of their households;
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  Young Goodman Brown
  • As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods,— They kill us for their sport.
    William Shakespeare  --  King Lear
  • "My daughter is no wanton," Nathan replied.
    Kamala Markandaya  --  Nectar in a Sieve
  • They that dally nicely with words may quickly make them wanton.
    William Shakespeare  --  Twelfth Night
  • There was much of the beautiful, much of the wanton, much of the bizarre, something of the terrible, and not a little of that which might have excited disgust.
    Edgar Allan Poe  --  The Masque of the Red Death
  • They got back into the truck and continued the patrol, past the Hickey house, empty, door open, windows wantonly smashed.
    Pat Frank  --  Alas, Babylon
  • Not to be married,
    Not to knit my soul to an approved wanton.
    William Shakespeare  --  Much Ado About Nothing
  • Ask him to give you a harlot, a wanton from the temple of love; return with her, and let her woman’s power overpower this man.
    Unknown  --  The Epic of Gilgamesh
  • Made prize and purchase of his wanton eye,
    William Shakespeare  --  The Life and Death of King Richard III
  • every idle, nice and wanton reason
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 2
  • So much misconstrued in his wantonness.
    William Shakespeare  --  Henry IV, Part 1
  • My plenteous joys, Wanton in fulness, seek to hide themselves In drops of sorrow.
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • Involuntarily I felt my sympathy warming toward him, for, in truth, it was a disgusting exhibition of wanton passion.
    Farley Mowat  --  Never Cry Wolf
  • I shook my head scornfully " ’Wanton,’ I said to her, ’A gentleman’s dignity isn’t in his clothes.
    Patrick Rothfuss  --  The Name of the Wind
  • But of course I was over-hopeful and naive, and should have known that he or she would likely be the product of a much less dignified circumstance, a night’s wanton encounter between a GI and a local bar girl.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • The salmon-hued walls seemed to acquire a wanton glow, and I vibrated with inward pleasure.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • Looking at this wanton damage, I could not avoid a mental picture of the process that had caused it.
    Diana Gabaldon  --  Outlander
  • He felt certain that O’Brien was about to twist the dial out of sheer wantonness.
    George Orwell  --  1984
  • He expressed admiration for all the great historical styles, but admonished against their wanton mixture.
    Ayn Rand  --  The Fountainhead
  • OBERON Tarry, rash wanton: am not I thy lord?
    William Shakespeare  --  A Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • It is pitiable and sad, and the whole army is in despair that this most important place has been wantonly abandoned.
    Leo Tolstoy  --  War and Peace
  • I believe that I have no enemy on earth, and none surely would have been so wicked as to destroy me wantonly.
    Mary Shelley  --  Frankenstein
  • The sweetness was turned to adamantine, heartless cruelty, and the purity to voluptuous wantonness.
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • Nathan was made feverish by sex, and trembled afterward, praying aloud and blaming me for my wantonness.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • Not wanton killing, but a judicious slaying.
    H.G. Wells  --  The Invisible Man
  • But you can’t indulge in wanton violence.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eragon
  • He laughed quietly, his sunken, shrewd eyes sparkling perceptively with a cynical and wanton enjoyment.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • Of this poor heart, which the cruel wanton boy….
    Edmond Rostand  --  Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Charles Taylor, the former Liberian president, after all, was arrested and charged with war crimes in part because of his wanton use of child soldiers in waging the bloody conflict that led him to power.
    Warren St. John  --  Outcasts United
  • He killed to eat, not from wantonness; but he preferred to eat what he killed himself.
    Jack London  --  The Call of the Wild
  • Look well, for it will be yours unless we defeat the curse wanton fate has set upon us.
    Christopher Paolini  --  Eldest
  • This, in truth, his neighbours might have pardoned, seeing that saints have never flourished in those parts, but there was in him a certain wanton and cruel humour which made his name a byword through the West.
    Arthur Conan Doyle  --  The Hound of the Baskervilles
  • In their way they saw many whales sporting in the ocean, and in wantonness fuzzing up the water through their pipes and vents, which nature has placed on their shoulders.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Then among them glided like a pure ray, like a Christian angel in the midst of Olympus, one of those chaste figures, those calm shadows, those soft visions, which seemed to veil its virgin brow before these marble wantons.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • Weston may grow cross from the wantonness of comfort, or his son may plague him.
    Jane Austen  --  Emma
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