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A strong desire, especially sexual desire; lust.

[Middle English, from Old French, from Late Latin concupīscentia, from Latin concupīscēns, concupīscent-, present participle of concupīscere, inchoative of concupere, to desire strongly : com-, intensive pref.; see com- + cupere, to desire.]

con·cu′pis·cent adj.


strong desire, esp sexual desire
[C14: from Church Latin concupiscentia, from Latin concupiscere to covet ardently, from cupere to wish, desire]
conˈcupiscent adj


(kɒnˈkyu pɪ səns, kɒŋ-)

1. sexual desire; lust.
2. ardent longing.
[1300–50; Middle English < Late Latin concupīscentia < Latin concupīscent-, s. of concupīscēns, present participle of concupīscere <concupere to desire (con- + cupere to desire) + -ia -ia]
con•cu′pis•cent, adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.concupiscence - a desire for sexual intimacy
desire - the feeling that accompanies an unsatisfied state
erotic love, sexual love, love - a deep feeling of sexual desire and attraction; "their love left them indifferent to their surroundings"; "she was his first love"
aphrodisia - a desire for heterosexual intimacy
anaphrodisia - decline or absence of sexual desire
passion - a feeling of strong sexual desire
sensualism, sensuality, sensualness - desire for sensual pleasures
amativeness, sexiness, amorousness, eroticism, erotism - the arousal of feelings of sexual desire
fetish - a form of sexual desire in which gratification depends to an abnormal degree on some object or item of clothing or part of the body; "common male fetishes are breasts, legs, hair, shoes, and underwear"
libido - (psychoanalysis) a Freudian term for sexual urge or desire
lecherousness, lust, lustfulness - a strong sexual desire
nymphomania - abnormally intense sexual desire in women
satyriasis - abnormally intense sexual desire in men
the hots - intense sexual desire




[kənˈkjuːpɪsəns] N (frm) → concupiscencia f


nLüsternheit f
References in classic literature ?
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.
Carnal concupiscence, as a broad category, is denounced as a usurpation of teleology because of its objectification of the subject and its emphasis on the phenomenal world.
When Servetus wrote Christianity Restored he sought to expose a corruption, as he saw it, far deeper and more endemic than the concupiscence of a Borgia Pope.
We might best define concupiscence as the tendency to pursue the goods of creation out of due order.
The Catechism distinguishes between the human virtues, those virtues that perfect the distinctly human powers and protect against concupiscence, and the theological virtues, those virtues that adapt man's faculties for participation in the divine nature.
On the other hand, sexuality was judged to be disordered by concupiscence derived from original sin.
4) Patmore, unlike Pascal, assumes a benign, eroticized universe in which sexuality, rather than evidence of sinful concupiscence, is a preparation and model for the reciprocal desires linking man and God.
Esau's concupiscence is too strong to admit knowledge that transcends time and place.
l'insigne inegalite des sexes, est d'autant plus infamant qu'il admet la prostitution sous le pretexte qu'elle sert d'exutoire a la concupiscence masculine.