concupiscence

Definition from Wiktionary, the free dictionary
Jump to navigation Jump to search

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

concupiscence (countable and uncountable, plural concupiscences)

  1. An ardent desire, especially sexual desire; lust.
    • St. Augustine, The Confessions X, 30, 41. translated by Maria Boulding
      Quite certainly you command me to refrain from concupiscence of the flesh and concupiscence of the eyes and worldy pride.
    • 1888, Henry James, The Aspern Papers.
      Poor Miss Tita's sense of her failure had produced an extraordinary alteration in her, but I had been too full of my literary concupiscence to think of that. Now I perceived it; I can scarcely tell how it startled me.
    • 1973, Rex Stout, Please Pass the Guilt
      He was torn by two intense and conflicting desires: his ardent wish to advance through his association with Mr. Browning, and his concupiscence.
    • 1994, Newsweek, winter
      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.
    • For quotations of use of this term, see Citations:concupiscence.

Related terms[edit]

Translations[edit]


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

Further reading[edit]