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Acting without regard to law, ethics, or the rights of others.

The term licentiousness is often used interchangeably with lewdness or lasciviousness, which relate to moral impurity in a sexual context.

LICENTIOUSNESS. The doing what one pleases without regard to the rights of others; it differs from liberty in this, that the latter is restrained by natural or positive law, and consists in doing whatever we please, not inconsistent, with the rights of others, whereas the former does not respect those rights. Wolff, Inst. Sec. 84.

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My view, as an educator and public intellectual, is that it is my job to uncover where the propaganda lies, because it's the truth that will get us back to liberty and off the ledge of licentiousness.
The known propensity of a democracy is to licentiousness.
One may quibble here and there with Cobb's casting choices, but he's the star of the show, portraying Sir John Falstaff with delightfully leering licentiousness.
II, [section] 12 ("The liberty of conscience secured by the provisions of this constitution shall not be so construed as to excuse acts of licentiousness, or justify practices inconsistent with the peace and safety of the state.
Also the manner in which offence has been committed is demonstrative of exceptional licentiousness and perversion of a superlative degree.
The court junked the defence's plea asking for leniency to the convicts based on a possibility of reformation saying the " pre- meditated and well- planned modus operandi" of the incident showed " exceptional licentiousness and perversion of a superlative degree" and proved that the convicts could not be reformed.
THOSE WHO THINK THAT THE western World has gone too far in terms of sex and licentiousness should take a good look and discover what has been going on in the Orient.
The committee will help protect society from the spread of licentiousness.
The result was a more rampant licentiousness in the misuse of cars for private purposes.
King Charles was particularly subjected to bile, compared for his licentiousness to Babylonian King Belshazzar and thus taking the readers straight back into the realms of the Book of Daniel so beloved by the pre-restoration world of the apocalypse.
The mosques will not be mobilized by secularists calling for licentiousness and obscenity" he said.
Without the capacity for shame, one becomes as the democratic citizens in Plato's critique of the polity in Republic Book XIII: a shameless lover of freedom whose extreme promotion of liberty decays into sheer license to do as one likes, and finally into licentiousness, where no unsavory act elicits shame.