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  1. Immoral or unchaste; lewd.
    1. Gratuitously cruel; merciless.
    2. Marked by unprovoked, gratuitous maliciousness; capricious and unjust: wanton destruction.
  2. Unrestrainedly excessive: wanton extravagance; wanton depletion of oil reserves.
  3. Luxuriant; overabundant: wanton tresses.
  4. Frolicsome; playful.
  5. Undisciplined; spoiled.
  6. Obsolete. Rebellious; refractory.


2 Responses to "Wanton"

  1. I enjoy a good wanton soup when I eat Chinese.

  2. Has anyone actually used the word refractory (outside the scientific definition) in a recent written work? It sounds like something my grade one teacher would have said if she'd spoken English. "Stop that refractory behaviour, you young whipper-snappers!"

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