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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.
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strong desire, esp sexual desire
[C14: from Church Latin concupiscentia, from Latin concupiscere to covet ardently, from cupere to wish, desire]
conˈcupiscent adj
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(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.
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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, erotism - the arousal of feelings of sexual desire
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
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[kənˈkjuːpɪsəns] N (frm) → concupiscencia f
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nLüsternheit f
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For, since the conjunction of male and female is founded upon the great law of nature, in order to propagate and continue the species, the Lilliputians will needs have it, that men and women are joined together, like other animals, by the motives of concupiscence; and that their tenderness towards their young proceeds from the like natural principle: for which reason they will never allow that a child is under any obligation to his father for begetting him, or to his mother for bringing him into the world; which, considering the miseries of human life, was neither a benefit in itself, nor intended so by his parents, whose thoughts, in their love encounters, were otherwise employed.
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.
O EVE, in evil hour thou didst give care To that false Worm, of whomsoever taught To counterfet Mans voice, true in our Fall, False in our promis'd Rising; since our Eyes Op'nd we find indeed, and find we know Both Good and Evil, Good lost and Evil got, Bad Fruit of Knowledge, if this be to know, Which leaves us naked thus, of Honour void, Of Innocence, of Faith, of Puritie, Our wonted Ornaments now soild and staind, And in our Faces evident the signes Of foul concupiscence; whence evil store; Even shame, the last of evils; of the first Be sure then.
Mieux encore, ils se paient le luxe de se rendre sur les lieux assieges de barbeles pour vociferer a tue-tete, leur concupiscence farouche de recouvrer la chaleur humaine confisquee.
A fleeting hope, bred more of curiosity than of concupiscence, since she was definitely not his type, that her bosom might pop out of her corsage, was disappointed.
This is translated more precisely into the distinction between the love of concupiscence or desire, and the love of friendship: in other words, love which seeks something for oneself and love which seeks the good for the other (1-2.26.4).
It is not a good which comes out of the essence of marriage, but an evil which is the accident of original sin," he wrote in On Marriage and Concupiscence.
Among the abusers, the abominable sins have to do with succumbing to the concupiscence of the flesh (lack of chastity) manifested in the majority of the cases in homosexual acts against children.
85, 3), Thomas Aquinas states that the wounds are "weakness, ignorance, malice and concupiscence." (15) By original sin, according to Aquinas, reason is made ignorant, the will grows malicious, the irascible appetite is weakened, and the concupiscible appetite yields to concupiscence.
They grew out of the process of codifying canon law and described the legal understanding of marriage as having a primary purpose--procreation and education of children--and a secondary purpose--mutual support and an aid for dealing with 'concupiscence (sexual desire).
Or what kind of s3xual pleasure can a male adult with a clear head and stable mind derive from concupiscence with a minor?
She rises in the morning, washes up, gets dressed, and puts on her stockings in front of me, asking me all the while about the resurrection of flesh, doing her utmost to arouse my concupiscence. Usually, I close my eyes.