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used in King Lear

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of something considered bad:  excessive, thoughtless indulgence — such as waste, cruelty, violence, and (especially in the past) sexual promiscuity
  • As flies to wanton boys are we to the gods,— They kill us for their sport.
    4.1 — Act 4 Scene 1 — The heath (46% in)
wanton = considered bad (in this case, excessively violent)
  • Cry to it, nuncle, as the cockney did to the eels when she put 'cause i' the paste alive; she knapped 'cause o' the coxcombs with a stick and cried 'Down, wantons, down!'
    2.4 — Act 2 Scene 4 — Before Gloster's Castle; Kent in the stocks (37% in)

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