promiscuity

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Etymology[edit]

From French promiscuité

Noun[edit]

promiscuity (plural promiscuities)

  1. The state or quality of being promiscuous.
    1. Indiscriminateness in the choice of sexual partners.
    2. (dated, literary) State of being mixed, composed of diverse elements, unsystematic; heterogeneity.
      • 1919, W. Somerset Maugham, The Moon and Sixpence, chapter 34
        While I dressed—for Stroeve wished me to go at once with him to the hospital—he told me that he had arranged for his wife to have a private room, so that she might at least be spared the sordid promiscuity of a ward.

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