Adjective "wanton" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


(of a cruel or violent action) deliberate and unprovoked.
  1. 'It's all about growth and building something successful - instead of wanton violence and destruction.'
  2. 'A young man starting out in life has had his business badly damaged by this wanton destruction.'
  3. 'On Monday, September 13, we found that the glass had been smashed again, so the council has to now believe that it is just stupid, wanton vandalism.'
  4. 'This may sound like wishful thinking but how else will we create hope from the despair of untold child death, wanton neglect of girls and women, and a rich elite feasting on the misery of millions in poverty?'
  5. 'But legitimate protest has become mixed up with wanton destruction or even violence unrelated to the activities of the businesses attacked.'
  6. 'A City priest vowed yesterday that he is no longer willing to turn the other cheek and tolerate the repeated acts of wanton vandalism to the windows of the presbytery which is also his home.'
  7. 'While we accept that feelings are running high on the issue of military landings at Shannon Airport, this kind of wanton vandalism does nothing to heighten our credibility and will probably do more damage than good.'
  8. 'Suffice to say that BECAUSE we can sue employers for injuries and harassment at work, they're not in a position to take wanton liberties with the employees who generate their profits.'
  9. 'The corporate Visigoths' worst act of wanton destruction was the demolition of one of the most distinguished terraces ever designed by Alexander ‘Greek’ Thomson, the genius of the genre.'
  10. 'Both acts of wanton destruction were deliberately aimed at symbolically injuring the self-esteem of the targeted victims, beside tremendous loss of innocent lives.'
Sexually unrestrained or having many casual sexual relationships (typically used of a woman)
  1. 'Sure there were a few drunks and wanton women scattered around the common room of the Gray Mule Inn, but it seemed like a friendly place.'
  2. 'Because they live in magnificent mansions on sprawling estates with wanton wives in jodhpurs and children with blue eyes and blonde hair, you instinctively believe that they are a higher life form.'
  3. 'By behaving in this salacious and wanton manner in a very public area, she is telling men that girls are just horny creatures who totally obey to men once they get us wet.'
  4. 'Speaking about wanton pleasures, I've been dipping into The Adulterer's Bible by Cliff Fell, which was launched last night.'
  5. 'Yet we never understand why she lives her life as such a wanton woman.'
  6. 'In several paintings horizontal gestures at the lower edge of the canvas create a platform on which the thrown-back head of a wanton figure rests, low woman in the orgy of forms piling up above.'
  7. 'Maybe if I hang out with enough gays they'll be able to convert me and I can proceed to indulge in wanton and indiscriminate sexual encounters with both genders.'
  8. 'But behind the comic veneer was a clear message about the dangers of wanton sexual activity.'
  9. 'Her friendship with the fashion glitterati would be endangered by Ronan's cowboy sense of style, his membership at the golf club threatened by her wild and wanton ways.'
  10. 'I simply take this logic to its conclusion and point out that this woman's wanton and libertine approach to grace is the camel's nose under the tent.'
Growing profusely; luxuriant.
  1. 'a wanton fawn'


A sexually unrestrained woman.


    Play; frolic.
    1. figurative 'the sea breeze wantoned among the quivering leaves of the chestnut tree'
    Behave in a sexually unrestrained way.
    1. 'She, who had not come to wanton, used a borrowed wantonness as the instrument of her devotion and courage.'


    1. done, shown, used, etc., maliciously or unjustifiably: a wanton attack; wanton cruelty.

    2. deliberate and without motive or provocation; uncalled-for; headstrong; willful: Why jeopardize your career in such a wanton way?

    3. without regard for what is right, just, humane, etc.; careless; reckless: a wanton attacker of religious convictions.

    4. sexually lawless or unrestrained; loose; lascivious; lewd: wanton behavior.

    5. extravagantly or excessively luxurious, as a p

    More examples(as adjective)

    "destructions can be wanton."

    "violences can be wanton."

    "uses can be wanton."

    "people can be wanton."

    "disregards can be wanton."

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    Middle English wantowen ‘rebellious, lacking discipline’, from wan- ‘badly’ + Old English togen ‘trained’ (related to team and tow).