(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. lewd, licentious, loose, dissolute, immoral; frolicsome, abandoned, capricious, willful; wild; heartless, malicious; heedless, reckless, wayward, perverse; luxuriant, rampant, exuberant. See impurity. —n. libertine; flirt, baggage, hussy, trollop. See evildoer, freedom.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Unrestrained]
Syn. extravagant, capricious, reckless, unreserved, unfettered, free, wayward, fluctuating, changeable, whimsical, fitful, variable, fanciful, inconstant, fickle, frivolous, volatile.
2. [Lewd]
Syn. libidinous, lustful, licentious; see lewd 1 , 2 .
3. [Deliberately malicious]
Syn. unprovoked, unfair, merciless, senseless, malicious, unjustifiable, unjust, malevolent.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
1. unmanageable undisciplined, wild, intractable, unruly, wayward, refractory, unrestrained.
2. sexually unrestrained loose, libidinous, promiscuous, lustful, licentious, salacious, carnal, lewd, abandoned, fast.
3. unprovoked groundless, uncalled-for, unnecessary, unjustifiable, senseless, needless, gratuitous, malicious, cruel, mean.
4. reckless rash, unrestrained, careless, *devil-may-care.
ANT.: 1. manageable, disciplined, well-behaved. 2. chaste, celibate, prudish, puritanical. 3. provoked, necessary. 4. judicious, careful
(Roget's Thesaurus II) I adjective 1. Lacking in moral restraint: abandoned, dissipated, dissolute, fast, gay, incontinent, licentious, profligate, rakish, unbridled, unconstrained, uncontrolled, ungoverned, uninhibited, unrestrained, wild. See RESTRAINT. 2. Marked by an absence of conventional restraint in sexual behavior; sexually unrestrained: easy, fast, libertine, light2, loose, whorish. See SEX. 3. Not required, necessary, or warranted by the circumstances of the case: gratuitous, supererogative, supererogatory, uncalled-for. See NECESSARY. II noun l. An immoral or licentious person: libertine, profligate, rake1. See SEX. 2. A vulgar promiscuous woman who flouts propriety: baggage, hussy, jade, slattern, slut, tart2, tramp, wench, whore. Slang: floozy. See SEX.

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