Usage examples for wantonness

  1. The wantonness of her heart appreciateth guidance. – The Truth About Woman by C. Gasquoine Hartley
  2. In " I Giojelli della Madonna" a young woman discards the love of an honest- hearted man to throw herself, out of sheer wantonness, into the arms of a blackguard dandy. – A Second Book of Operas by Henry Edward Krehbiel
  3. What if there was now more in the business than mere mischief and wantonness? – The Case of Richard Meynell by Mrs. Humphrey Ward
  4. He was one of the horrid creatures who write with a wink at you, which sets the wicked part of us on fire: I have known it myself, and I own it to my shame; and if I happened to be ignorant of the history of Countess Fanny, I could not refute his wantonness. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  5. Just so in your day might the duty of the state to safeguard the lives of citizens from physical violence have been discharged after a nominal fashion if it had contented itself with preventing outright murders, while leaving the people to suffer from one another's wantonness all manner of violence not directly deadly; but tell me, Julian, were governments in your day content with so construing the limit of their duty to protect citizens from violence, or would the citizens have been content with such a limitation? – Equality by Edward Bellamy
  6. As a result of the existing distribution of wealth in Germany, and of financial wantonness amongst individuals, the offspring of uncertainty, Germany is threatened with a deluge of luxuries and semi- luxuries from abroad, of which she has been starved for years, which would exhaust or diminish her small supplies of foreign exchange. – The Economic Consequences of the Peace by John Maynard Keynes
  7. The only serious charge against Falstaff's Courage, we have now at large examined; it came from great authority, from the Commander in chief, and was meant as chastisement and rebuke; but it appears to have been founded in ill- will, in the particular character of Lancaster, and in the wantonness and insolence of power; and the author has placed near, and under our notice, full and ample proofs of its injustice. – Eighteenth Century Essays on Shakespeare by D. Nichol Smith
  8. The old dog would keep on for a long time with imperturbable solemnity, now and then seeming to rebuke the wantonness of his young companions. – Abbotsford and Newstead Abbey by Washington Irving
  9. Her bright eyes saw the fire she had kindled, and from sheer wantonness she fanned the flame with all the art of which she was mistress. – In the Brooding Wild by Ridgwell Cullum
  10. The tinder- box had become of paramount importance, and it was sheer wantonness on the part of Fate that she should have allowed that little article to rest forgotten on the table in Mistress Lambert's cottage. – The Nest of the Sparrowhawk by Baroness Orczy
  11. I cannot think they will destroy our home in mere wantonness. – The Bride of Fort Edward by Delia Bacon
  12. He did everything that had to be done of the business part of death- that extra wantonness of misery thrown in so grimly to finish off the crushing of a mourner who is alone. – Vera by Elisabeth von Arnim
  13. Yielding to all the whims of a child,- picking up its toys when thrown away in mere wantonness, would be intolerable. – The Book of Household Management by Mrs. Isabella Beeton
  14. This young lady, among many other good ingredients had three very predominant passions; to wit, vanity, wantonness, and avarice. – The History of the Life of the Late Mr. Jonathan Wild the Great by Henry Fielding
  15. To a battery lad who had been there on the night of the weapon's disappearance and who had died in her arms at Champion's Hill, she had imputed a confession that, having found the moving panel, a soldier boy's pure wantonness had prompted him to the act which, in fact, only she had committed. – Kincaid's Battery by George W. Cable
  16. Nature, dear friends, makes nothing in vain, and it is of such infinite importance that strength of limb, readiness of eye and hand, physical vigor in short, should be transmitted from generation to generation, that she keeps producing fast young men, in spite of the thousand excesses which they commit, and will do so, until the ablest and wisest human minds take the matter in hand, and see to it that this part of Human Nature has its proper and legitimate food, guided by mind, thought, and reverence, instead of being allowed to run riot in all manner of wantonness. – A Lecture on Physical Development, and its Relations to Mental and Spiritual Development, delivered before the American Institute of Instruction, at their Twenty-Ninth Annual Meeting, in Norwich, Conn., August 20, 1858 by S.R. Calthrop
  17. Towards the evening my Epicurean syndic called on me, and we went to sup with the three nymphs, and for five hours we indulged in every species of wantonness, in which I had a somewhat fertile imagination. – The Memoires of Casanova, Complete The Rare Unabridged London Edition Of 1894, plus An Unpublished Chapter of History, By Arthur Symons by Jacques Casanova de Seingalt