From Middle French concupiscible, from Latin concupiscibilis.
concupiscible (comparative more concupiscible, superlative most concupiscible)
- (obsolete) Greatly to be desired or lusted after; exciting concupiscence.
1762, Laurence Sterne, Tristram Shandy, volume V:
- for never did thy eyes behold, or thy concupiscence covet, anything in this world more concupiscible than Widow Wadman.
- Pertaining to concupiscence or lust; characterized by strong desire.
- 1604, William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure, Act 5
- He would not, but by gift of my chaste body / To his concupiscible intemperate lust, / Release my brother […].
- 1621, Democritus Junior [pseudonym; Robert Burton], The Anatomy of Melancholy, Oxford: Printed by Iohn Lichfield and Iames Short, for Henry Cripps, OCLC 216894069:, New York Review Books, 2001, p.258:
- [Perturbations and passions] are commonly reduced into two inclinations, irascible and concupiscible.