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From Middle French concupiscible, from Latin concupiscibilis.


  • (UK) IPA(key): /kənˈkjuːpɪsɪbəl/


concupiscible (comparative more concupiscible, superlative most concupiscible)

  1. (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.
  2. 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; The Anatomy of Melancholy, 2nd corrected and augmented edition, Oxford: Printed by John Lichfield and James Short, for Henry Cripps, 1624, OCLC 54573970, (please specify |partition=1, 2, or 3):
      , New York Review Books, 2001, p.258:
      [Perturbations and passions] are commonly reduced into two inclinations, irascible and concupiscible.