concupiscence

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

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concupiscence (countable and uncountable, plural concupiscences)

  1. An ardent desire, especially sexual desire; lust.
    • 1571, Arthur Golding, “Epistle Dedicatorie”, in The Psalmes of David and others. With M. John Calvins Commentaries[1]:
      [] yit have wee one thing in our selves and of our selves (even originall sinne, concupiscence or lust) which never ceaseth too egge us and allure us from God []
    • 1662, Jacques Olivier, Richard Banke, transl., A Discourse of Women, Shewing Their Imperfections Alphabetically, OCLC 14507264, page 5:
      for as St. Jerome observes, it is to shew that the true Christian not setting his heart upon the goods of the Earth, ought to trample under foot, all Avarice and immoderate concupiscence of corruptible riches: []
    • 1888 September 29, Henry James, “[The Aspern Papers.] Chapter IX.”, in The Aspern Papers; Louisa Pallant; The Modern Warning, London; New York, N.Y.: Macmillan and Co., OCLC 29376545, pages 135–136:
      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.
    • 1997, 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.
  2. (Roman Catholicism) the desire of a person's lower appetite contrary to reason that subjugates and inclines him or her to both experience temptation and to give into that temptation of sin, due to the Fall and original sin

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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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