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  • Excessive or offensive sexual desire; lustfulness.

    ‘the vice of lechery’
    • ‘What motivates Maurice is not lechery but a yearning envy of Jessie's youth and a longing for his own.’
    • ‘His film is colorful, but the lecheries and jokes ‘are small and random.’’
    • ‘His portraits of country people and their rituals, their hypocrisies and lecheries are certain to remind readers of Edward Arlington Robinson, Robert Frost and Edgar Lee Masters.’
    • ‘His revenge: loveless lecheries with teen-age girls, one of whom claws at his door with embarrassing anguish.’
    • ‘He explicates both character and action, thereby pulling the entire story to his level where all human motivation is lechery, which leads only to ‘the bone-ache.’’
    • ‘The level of noise here astounds me; there is the general hum of conversation, of marching feet, of screaming children and scolding parents, of adolescent sexualities and adult lecheries.’
    • ‘His articles and alliteration (Lord Dudley was accused of ‘libidinous lecheries and lascivious lapses’) were immensely popular with the working class and Truth's circulation skyrocketed.’
    • ‘AMERICAN EARTH, a collection of short stories about petty passions and little lecheries, was published in 1931.’
    • ‘Normally his manner was cold, and he expounded his outrageous lecheries with grim sobriety, but that day he had been chewing preserved kal flavoured with aromatic oils, and his manner was less restrained than usual, even jolly.’
    • ‘Although a stream of hard-boiled wisecracks keeps things amusing, the plot gets tied up in the usual dreary whodunit business of providing motives for all and sundry, and it's difficult to care very much about the jealousies, lecheries and treacheries between cardboard characters.’
    • ‘Why is it that the self-aggrandizements of Cicero, the lecheries and whining of Ovid and the blatherings of that debauched old goose Seneca made it onto the Net before the works that give us solid technical information about what Rome was really good at, viz. the construction of her great buildings and works of engineering?’
    • ‘Bad sportsmen have always secretly been in the game, but it seemed a longstanding gentleman's agreement that the press would allow the Babe Ruths and the Ty Cobbs and the Wilt Chamberlains of the world their private lecheries off-the-field; after all, no one wanted to make the kids cry, and if the greats used a little tobacky in the dug-out, well at least they tried to keep it discreet.’
    lust, lustfulness, licentiousness, lasciviousness, lewdness, salaciousness, libertinism, libidinousness, debauchery, dissoluteness, wantonness, intemperance, dissipation, degeneracy, depravity, impurity, unchastity, immorality, looseness, immodesty
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/ˈleCH(ə)rē/ /ˈlɛtʃ(ə)ri/


Middle English from Old French lecherie, from lecheor (see lecher).