concupiscence

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n concupiscence a desire for sexual intimacy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Concupiscence Sexual lust; morbid carnal passion. "Concupiscence like a pestilence walketh in darkness."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n concupiscence Improper or illicit desire; sensual appetite; especially, lustful desire or feeling; sensuality; lust.
    • n concupiscence Strong desire in general; appetite.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Concupiscence kon-kū′pis-ens violent desire: sexual appetite: lust
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Quotations

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    “The five senses are horse sense, innocence, common sense, concupiscence, and nonsense.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. concupiscentia,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. concupiscentiaconcupiscĕrecon, inten., cupĕre, to desire.

Usage

In literature:

What virtue will there be then, said the monk, in their bullets of concupiscence, their habits and their bodies?
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
All the while with necks astretch, and eyes glaring in hungry concupiscence.
"The Lone Ranche" by Captain Mayne Reid
Had I never a concupiscence for honour?
"Despair's Last Journey" by David Christie Murray
The gaze of Her Concupiscence fell on the half-open door.
"Pagan Passions" by Gordon Randall Garrett
These are free from all evil inclination, whether to concupiscence or injustice or envy or idleness.
"Mystics and Saints of Islam" by Claud Field
From that time until August, 1555, when this was written, he never felt the least motion of concupiscence.
"The Autobiography of St. Ignatius" by Saint Ignatius Loyola
Tranquillity is denied thee, because of the concupiscence of thy ambition.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine - Volume 62, No. 384, October 1847" by Various
It has been truly said that the concupiscence of the eye outlives desire.
"The Orchard of Tears" by Sax Rohmer
And there will, therefore, not be innocence and guilt, inasmuch as these depend upon concupiscence.
"Christology of the Old Testament: And a Commentary on the Messianic Predictions. Vol. 2" by Ernst Hengstenberg
The world is coming to be filled with the spirit of concupiscence, for the multitude is weary of the Gospel.
"Epistle Sermons, Vol. III" by Martin Luther
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In poetry:

In manhood, he will try to take thee in,
With women and with wine thy time to waste,
And thy pure vessel to defile with sin,
With foul concupiscence, and deeds unchaste.
"Advice, To Guard Against The Temptations Of The Devil " by Rees Prichard
White-robed she waited day by day; alone
With the white temple's shrined concupiscence,
The Paphian goddess on her obscene throne,
Binding all chastity to violence,
All innocence to lust that feels no shame—
Venus Mylitta born of filth and flame.
"The Paphian Venus" by Madison Julius Cawein