wanton
[ won-tn ]
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Part of Speechadjective, noun
Origin + Etymology
Middle Englishwantowen ‘rebellious, lacking discipline’, from wan- ‘badly’ + Old English togen ‘trained’
Synonyms
    1.
  • promiscuous
  • immoral
  • immodest
  • indecent
    2.
  • deliberate
  • malicious
  • spiteful
  • vicious
  • wicked
  • evil
  • cruel
  • unprovoked
  • unmotivated
  • unjustified
Antonyms
    1.
  • moral
  • chaste
    2.
  • justifiable
Definition
1.a sexually unrestrained woman
2.(of a cruel or violent action) deliberate and unprovoked
Examples
1.A) She behaved like a wanton on her bachelorette party. B) Karen's grandmother thinks women these days all behave like wantons.
2.A) The mass shooting was a wanton attack on innocent people. B) The wanton vandalism on the local owner's store was heartbreaking to see.
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