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The word Profligacy1 or wantonness we also apply to the naughtiness of children, which has some resemblance to the licentiousness of adults. Which of the two takes its name from the other is of no importance for the present enquiry, but it would seem clear that the state which comes later in life must be named from the one which comes earlier.

1 ἀκολασία, literally ‘the result of not being punished,’ seems to have been used of spoiled children as well as of vicious adults.

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