Definition of 'wanton'
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This was about the wanton destruction and murder of civilians on an industrial scale. Times, Sunday Times (2013)It was a case of wanton destruction. Times, Sunday Times (2012)It is a gentle uprising against wanton destruction. Times, Sunday Times (2011)It was an act of wanton social vandalism that has condemned generations to lives of unfulfilled potential. The Sun (2015)We are all fond of animals and abhor wanton or thoughtless cruelty to them. Times, Sunday Times (2015)American opinion has been profoundly shocked by the wanton destruction of the ship and disregard for the lives and property of neutrals. Times, Sunday Times (2015)The banking heir's wanton behaviour did not stop there. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Despite the wanton destruction of the rainforest, the good news is huge swathes remain untouched. The Sun (2007)It's an act of wanton cruelty. Times, Sunday Times (2016)Giving it to them straight would be an act of wanton cruelty - to both parties. Times, Sunday Times (2010)It's a sad reflection that these acts of wilful and wanton vandalism appear to be increasing. Times, Sunday Times (2008)A football match gives no excuse for wanton violence. The Sun (2010)This is a wanton waste. Times, Sunday Times (2011)I venture that these seemingly wanton acts of destruction were down to pent-up anger from his childhood. The Sun (2012)They also put an end to the wanton violence that followed the Government's rout. Times, Sunday Times (2012)The riots in August caused more than just anarchy, crime and wanton destruction. Times, Sunday Times (2011)After three days of rioting, the police have begun to look as though they have surrendered the streets to young men intent on wanton violence and burglary. Times, Sunday Times (2011)Above all, he turned the wanton cruelty of the natural world into clothes of exquisite beauty, season after season. Times, Sunday Times (2010)
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Translations for 'wanton'
British English: wanton ADJECTIVE
A wanton action deliberately causes harm, damage, or waste without having any reason to.
...this unnecessary and wanton destruction of our environment.
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