The unlawful indulgence of lust; sexual impurity; gross indecency with respect to the sexual relation. State v Rayburn, 170 Iowa 514, 153 NW 59. The common-law offense of "lewdness" means open and public indecency, and in order to amount to an indictable crime it must always amount to a common nuisance, committed in a public place, and seen by persons lawfully in that place. 33 Am J1st Lewd etc § 2. If a man and woman resort to a house of ill fame for the purpose of having sexual relations, her purpose is prostitution, and his, lewdness. State v Gardner, 174 Iowa 748, 156 NW 747, ovrld on other grounds State v Frey, 206 Iowa 981, 988, 221 NW 445. lewdly.Lustfully. With unlawful indulgence in lust. State v Lawrence, 19 Neb 307, 313.

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