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Wanton

Grossly careless or negligent; reckless; malicious.

The term wanton implies a reckless disregard for the consequences of one's behavior. A wanton act is one done in heedless disregard for the life, limbs, health, safety, reputation, or property rights of another individual. Such an act is more than Negligence or gross negligence; it is equivalent in its results to an act of willful misconduct. A wanton injury is one precipitated by a conscious and intentional wrongful act or by an omission of a known obligation with reckless indifference to potential harmful consequences.

wanton

adj. 1) grossly negligent to the extent of being recklessly unconcerned with the safety of people or property. Examples: speeding by a school while it is letting out students, or firing a shotgun in a public park. 2) sexually immoral and unrestrained.

wanton

adjective careless, dissolute, froward, groundless, heedless, immoral, impudicus, intemperate, lewd, libidinous, licentious, lustful, luxuriant, unjustifiable, unmanageable, unprovoked
Associated concepts: wanton act, wanton disregard, wanton indifference, wanton injury, wanton misconduct, wanton negligence
See also: flagrant, hot-blooded, imprudent, lascivious, lecherous, lewd, licentious, malicious, needless, obscene, outrageous, prodigal, profuse, promiscuous, prurient, reckless, salacious, suggestive, unrestrained, unruly, unscrupulous
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Last year, Roberto Cavalli released the video for their men's Spring Summer 2014 collection, selecting The Wanton Bishops' harmonica-heavy track "Howl" to accompany the footage of moody male models in sharp suits, rich brocade and raw leather posing and pouting for the camera.
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Even if this administrator reveres stereotypical "master" teachers who exact conformity through shrill denunciations, hair pulling, exorcisms and wanton acts of wet-noodle flagellation?
But slush funds, like the DWP's other wanton spending ways, are no longer acceptable.
It is my firm conviction that Supreme Court decisions which have led to the wanton slaughter of 40 million unborn babies; the removal of cherished religious truth from the classroom and the public square; the usurpation of the constitutional powers of our elected representatives.
After the first song she stood with each band member in ridiculous rock poses before a wanton performance of thrashing hair, lots of 'mother***ers' and a semi-crowdsurf.
If a radical change in doctrine and discipline is proposed, it is silly and wanton to change it by fiat, as part of a social or political struggle.
Hugh De Luc is a poor inn-keeper who leaves for the Crusades, sees the wanton death and rape of hundreds at Antioch and returns home a 'wiser' man.
The anxiety produced by the "threat" of maternal influence is evident in two Tudor school plays Nice Wanton (1560) and July and Julian (1559-71).