(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
adj. lascivious, obscene, salacious, indecent, unchaste. See impurity.
(Roget's IV) modif.
1. [Suggestive of lewdness]
Syn. ribald, smutty, risqué, dirty, indecent, loose, foul-mouthed, obscene, vulgar, bawdy, raunchy, naughty, off-color, questionable, taboo, unconventional, immoral, racy, impure, immodest, unclean, suggestive, indelicate, scandalous, scurrilous, coarse, rakish, vile, ungentlemanly, unladylike, unvirtuous, salacious, pornographic, gross, shameless, erotic, in bad taste, unfit for the young; see also sense 2, sensual .
Ant. decent*, refined, clean.
2. [Inclined to lewdness]
Syn. lustful, wanton, lascivious, libidinous, licentious, lecherous, libertine, lubricious, profligate, dissolute, voluptuous, reprobate, carnal, orgiastic, sensual, debauched, corrupt, unchaste, depraved, unbridled, Rabelaisian, unregenerate, polluted, ruttish, nymphomaniacal, satyric, prurient, concupiscent, incontinent, masochistic, sadistic, incestuous, fornicative, unbridled, beastly, goatish, hircine, caprine, horny*, hot*, hot for*, hot to trot*.
Ant. chaste, pure*, modest.
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) a.
lascivious, lecherous, lustful, libidinous, salacious, licentious, obscene, vulgar, indecent, immodest, suggestive, X-rated, lurid.
ANT.: chaste, pure, upright, wholesome, clean
(Roget's Thesaurus II) adjective 1. Feeling or devoted to sexual love or desire: amative, amorous, concupiscent, erotic, lascivious, lecherous, libidinous, lustful, lusty, passionate, prurient, sexy. See SEX. 2. Offensive to accepted standards of decency: barnyard, bawdy, broad, coarse, dirty, Fescennine, filthy, foul, gross, nasty, obscene, profane, ribald, scatologic, scatological, scurrilous, smutty, vulgar. Slang: raunchy. See DECENT.

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