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wanton

wan·ton

wanton

 
pronunciation:
wan tn
parts of speech:
adjective, noun, intransitive verb, transitive verb
part of speech: adjective
definition 1: characterized by malice and injustice.
The invaders attacked the villagers with wanton brutality.The men hurled wanton insults at each other.
synonyms:
malicious, merciless
similar words:
beastly, brutal, brutish, cruel, evil, inhuman, malevolent, perverse, savage, spiteful, unjust, vicious
definition 2: disregarding what is considered right and humane; unjustifiable.
They were charged with the wanton bombing of civilians.
synonyms:
gratuitous, inhumane, unjustifiable
antonyms:
justifiable
similar words:
abandoned, groundless, irrational, perverse, senseless, shameless, willful
definition 3: lacking restraint in matters of sex, or indulging in luxury.
The soldiers were rebuked for their wanton behavior while on leave.
synonyms:
abandoned, dissipated, lewd, loose, lubricious, lustful, profligate, rakehell, rakish, unchaste
antonyms:
continent
similar words:
debauched, dissolute, horny, intemperate, lascivious, lecherous, libertine, licentious, prurient, randy, salacious, sensual, unrestrained, voluptuous
 
part of speech: noun
definition: a person who lacks restraint, esp. in sexual behavior.
For having this affair, the small town considered her a wanton.
synonyms:
libertine, profligate
similar words:
Don Juan, Jezebel, lothario, nymphomaniac, rake, rakehell, reprobate, roué, satyr, slut, stud
 
part of speech: intransitive verb
inflections: wantoned, wantoning, wantons
definition: to act or conduct oneself in a wanton manner.
synonyms:
debauch, dissipate
similar words:
indulge, wench, whore
 
part of speech: transitive verb
definition: to spend or use wastefully (often fol. by away).
synonyms:
dissipate, squander, waste
similar words:
fritter, misspend
derivations: wantonly (adv.), wantonness (n.)