(ld), a. [Compar. Lewder (-r); superl. Lewdest.] [OE. lewed, lewd, lay, ignorant, vile, AS. lwed laical, belonging to the laity.] 1. Not clerical; laic; laical; hence, unlearned; simple. [Obs.]
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For if a priest be foul, on whom we trust,
No wonder is a lewed man to rust.
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So these great clerks their little wisdom show
To mock the lewd, as learn'd in this as they.
Sir. J. Davies.
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2. Belonging to the lower classes, or the rabble; idle and lawless; bad; vicious. [Archaic] Chaucer.
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But the Jews, which believed not, . . . took unto them certain lewd fellows of the baser sort, . . . and assaulted the house of Jason.
Acts xvii. 5.
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Too lewd to work, and ready for any kind of mischief.
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3. Given to the promiscuous indulgence of lust; dissolute; lustful; libidinous. Dryden.
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4. Suiting, or proceeding from, lustfulness; involving unlawful sexual desire; as, lewd thoughts, conduct, or language.
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Syn. -- Lustful; libidinous; licentious; profligate; dissolute; sensual; unchaste; impure; lascivious; lecherous; rakish; debauched.

-- Lewd"ly, adv. -- Lewd"ness, n.
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