wantonry

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wantonry (uncountable)

  1. (obsolete) The state of being wanton.
    • 1977, Geoffrey Chaucer, "The Tale of Sir Topaz" in The Canterbury Tales, Pinguin Classics, page 200:
      Now hold your tongues for charity, / my nobles knights and ladies free, / And listen to my spell, / To battle and to chivalry / And making love in wantonry / For such is what I tell.