lechery c.1200, from O.Fr. lecherie "impertinence, deceit," from lecheor (see LECHER (Cf. 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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  • Lechery — Lech er*y, n. [OE. lecherie, OF. lecherie. See {Lecher}.] 1. Free indulgence of lust; excessive indulgence in sexual relations; used mostly of men. [1913 Webster] 2. Selfish pleasure; delight. [Obs.] Massinger. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lechery — index debauchery, obscenity Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • lechery — [n] lewdness carnality, debauchery, lasciviousness, libertinism, licentiousness, lust, lustfulness, raunchiness, salaciousness, wantonness; concepts 20,709 …   New thesaurus

  • lechery — [lech′ər ē] n. pl. lecheries [ME lecherie < OFr < lecheur, LECHER] unrestrained, excessive indulgence of sexual desires; gross sensuality; lewdness …   English World dictionary

  • lechery — [[t]le̱tʃəri[/t]] N UNCOUNT (disapproval) Lechery is the behaviour of men who are only interested in women sexually. His lechery made him the enemy of every self respecting husband and father in the county …   English dictionary

  • lechery — lech|er|y [ˈletʃəri] n [U] old fashioned sexual desire or pleasure that is considered bad because it is not part of a romantic relationship ▪ There was a hint of lechery in his eyes …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • lechery — lecher ► NOUN ▪ a lecherous man. DERIVATIVES lechery noun …   English terms dictionary

  • lechery — noun Date: 13th century inordinate indulgence in sexual activity ; lasciviousness …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • lechery — /lech euh ree/, n., pl. lecheries. 1. unrestrained or excessive indulgence of sexual desire. 2. a lecherous act. [1200 50; ME lecherie < OF. See LECHER, Y3] Syn. 1. carnality, lust, promiscuity. * * * …   Universalium

  • lechery — noun /ˈlɛtʃ.ər.i/ Inordinate indulgence in sexual activity. Syn: lewdness See Also: lech, lecher, lecherous …   Wiktionary

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