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used in Henry IV, Part 1

4 uses
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of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and (especially in the past) sexual promiscuity
  • So much misconstrued in his wantonness.
    5.2 — Act 5 Scene 2 — The Rebel Camp (68% in)
wantonness = recklessness (thoughtless indulgence)

(Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • She bids you on the wanton rushes lay you down, And rest your gentle head upon her lap, And she will sing the song that pleaseth you, And on your eyelids crown the god of sleep, Charming your blood with pleasing heaviness; Making such difference betwixt wake and sleep, As is the difference betwixt day and night, The hour before the heavenly-harness'd team Begins his golden progress in the East.
    3.1 — Act 3 Scene 1 — Bangor. A Room in the Archdeacon's House (81% in)
  • All furnish'd, all in arms; All plumed like estridges that with the wind Bate it; like eagles having lately bathed; Glittering in golden coats, like images; As full of spirit as the month of May And gorgeous as the Sun at midsummer; Wanton as youthful goats, wild as young bulls.
    4.1 — Act 4 Scene 1 — The Rebel Camp near Shrewsbury (75% in)
  • But in short space It rain'd down fortune showering on your head; And such a flood of greatness fell on you,— What with our help, what with the absent King, What with the injuries of a wanton time, The seeming sufferances that you had borne, And the contrarious winds that held the King So long in his unlucky Irish wars That all in England did repute him dead,— And, from this swarm of fair advantages, You took occasion to be quickly woo'd To gripe the general sway into your hand; Forgot...
    5.1 — Act 5 Scene 1 — The King's Camp near Shrewsbury (37% in)

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