promiscuity

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English[edit]

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.
      Sexual promiscuity is dangerous to your health.
    • 1979, J.G. Ballard, The Unlimited Dream Company, chapter 24:
      Seeing these happy pairings, I thought of the cheerful promiscuity to come. I felt a growing sexual need, not only for the young women brushing against me in the crowded street...
    1. (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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