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  3  definitions  found 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
  Lewd  \Lewd\  (l[=u]d),  a.  [Compar.  {Lewder}  (-[~e]r);  superl. 
  {Lewdest}.]  [{OE}.  lewed,  lewd,  lay,  ignorant,  vile,  AS 
  l[=ae]wed  laical,  belonging  to  the  laity.] 
  1.  Not  clerical;  laic;  laical;  hence  unlearned;  simple. 
  For  if  a  priest  be  foul,  on  whom  we  trust,  No  wonder 
  is  a  lewed  man  to  rust.  --Chaucer. 
  So  these  great  clerks  their  little  wisdom  show  To 
  mock  the  lewd,  as  learn'd  in  this  as  they  --Sir.  J. 
  2.  Belonging  to  the  lower  classes,  or  the  rabble;  idle  and 
  lawless;  bad  vicious.  [Archaic]  --Chaucer. 
  But  the  Jews,  which  believed  not  .  .  .  took  unto 
  them  certain  lewd  fellows  of  the  baser  sort,  .  .  . 
  and  assaulted  the  house  of  Jason.  --Acts  xvii. 
  Too  lewd  to  work  and  ready  for  any  kind  of 
  mischief.  --Southey. 
  3.  Given  to  the  promiscuous  indulgence  of  lust;  dissolute; 
  lustful;  libidinous.  --Dryden. 
  4.  Suiting,  or  proceeding  from  lustfulness;  involving 
  unlawful  sexual  desire;  as  lewd  thoughts,  conduct,  or 
  Syn:  Lustful;  libidinous;  licentious;  profligate;  dissolute; 
  sensual;  unchaste;  impure;  lascivious;  lecherous; 
  rakish;  debauched.  --  {Lewd"ly},  adv  --  {Lewd"ness},  n. 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
  n  :  the  trait  of  behaving  in  an  obscene  manner  [syn:  {obscenity}, 
  {bawdiness},  {salaciousness},  {salacity}] 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
  (Acts  18:14),  villany  or  wickedness,  not  lewdness  in  the  modern 
  sense  of  the  word  The  word  lewd"  is  from  the  Saxon,  and  means 
  properly  "ignorant,"  "unlearned,"  and  hence  low  vicious  (Acts 

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