lechery








noun, plural lech·er·ies.

  1. unrestrained or excessive indulgence of sexual desire.
  2. a lecherous act.

noun plural -eries

  1. unrestrained and promiscuous sexuality

n.c.1200, from Old French lecherie “impertinence, deceit,” from lecheor (see lecher). The priests had excellent cause to forbid us lechery: this injunction, by reserving to them acquaintance with and absolution for these private sins, gave them an incredible ascendancy over women, and opened up to them a career of lubricity whose scope knew no limits. [Marquis de Sade, “Philosophy in the Bedroom”]

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