concupiscence

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English[edit]

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From Latin concupiscentia, from concupīscō (I desire strongly, I desire eagerly; I covet).

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concupiscence (uncountable)

  1. An ardent desire, especially sexual desire; lust.
    • Quite certainly you command me to refrain from concupiscence of the flesh and concupiscence of the eyes and worldy pride.St. Augustine, The Confessions X, 30, 41. Trans Maria Boulding.
    • He was torn by two intense and conflicting desires: his ardent wish to advance through his association with Mr. Browning, and his concupiscence.Please Pass the Guilt, Rex Stout, 1973.
    • Skaters, spinning like atoms across fields of pure light, are desirable in a way that transcends mere concupiscence; they inhabit another element, and the man who would try to catch one risks, literally, falling on his ass.Newsweek, Winter 1994.
    • For usage examples of this term, see the citations page.

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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Latin concupiscentia, from concupīscō (I desire strongly, I desire eagerly; I covet).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kɔ̃.ky.pi.sɑ̃s/

Noun[edit]

concupiscence f (uncountable)

  1. concupiscence

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