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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Lewd a. [Compar. Lewder superl. Lewdest.]
 1. Not clerical; laic; laical; hence, unlearned; simple. [Obs.]
 For if a priest be foul, on whom we trust,
 No wonder is a lewed man to rust.   --Chaucer.
 So these great clerks their little wisdom show
 To mock the lewd, as learn'd in this as they.   --Sir. J. Davies.
 2. Belonging to the lower classes, or the rabble; idle and lawless; bad; vicious. [Archaic]
    But the Jews, which believed not, . . . took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, . . . and assaulted the house of Jason.   --Acts xvii. 5.
    Too lewd to work, and ready for any kind of mischief.   --Southey.
 3. Given to the promiscuous indulgence of lust; dissolute; lustful; libidinous.
 4. Suiting, or proceeding from, lustfulness; involving unlawful sexual desire; as, lewd thoughts, conduct, or language.
 Syn: -- Lustful; libidinous; licentious; profligate; dissolute; sensual; unchaste; impure; lascivious; lecherous; rakish; debauched.
 -- Lewd*ly, adv. -- Lewd*ness, n.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : the trait of behaving in an obscene manner [syn: obscenity,
           bawdiness, salaciousness, salacity]

From: Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary

    (Acts 18:14), villany or wickedness, not lewdness in the modern
    sense of the word. The word "lewd" is from the Saxon, and means
    properly "ignorant," "unlearned," and hence low, vicious (Acts