Definition of lascivia
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LNS
lascīvia, lascīviae
lascivus
noun (f., 1st declension)
  1. sportiveness, playfulness, frolicsomeness, jollity
  2. wantonness, licentiousness, petulance, impudence, lewdness, lasciviousness
Abbreviations
lascīvia, ae, f. lascivus, sportiveness, playfulness, frolicsomeness, jollity. In a good sense (class.): adulescens plenus amoris ac lasciviae, Plaut. Trin. 3, 3, 23: hilaritas et lascivia, Cic. Fin. 2, 20, 65: laeta (agrestium), Lucr. 5, 1400: ut nudi juvenes, Lycaeum Pana venerantes, per lusum atque lasciviam currerent, Liv. 1, 5, 2 Drak.: in juvenales lusus lasciviamque versi, id. 24, 16, 14; 37, 20, 5: piscium, Pac. ap. Cic. Div. 1, 14, 24: si quid per lasciviam, et non data opera ut furtum committeretur, factum sit, Gai. Inst. 3, 181.

—Of inanim. things: naturae, Plin. 11, 37, 45, ยง 123.

—Comic.: o virgarum lascivia, thou scourge's pastime! Plaut. As. 2, 2, 32.

— In a bad sense, wantonness, licentiousness, petulance, impudence, lewdness, lasciviousness (mostly postAug.; not in Cic.): quos soluto imperio licentia corruperat, Sall. J. 39 fin.; with superbia, id. ib. 41: maledicendi, Quint. 9, 2, 76: theatralis populi, Tac. A. 11, 13: lasciviae notae, of lewdness, Suet. Calig. 36; cf.: Caesonia luxuriae ac lasciviae perditae, id. ib. 25: ignoscitur, nisi in lata et incauta neglegentia vel lascivia fuit, Mos. et Rom. Leg. Coll. 12, 5, 2; cf. Gai. Inst. l. l. supra.

—Of a licentious, prolix style: lasciviae flosculis capi, Quint. 2, 5, 22: alios recens haec lascivia deliciaeque et omnia ad voluptatem multitudinis imperitae composita delectant, id. 10, 1, 43: lasciviam a vobis prohibetote, impious exultation, Liv. 23, 10, 3 Gronov. ad loc.
 
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