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concupiscence Syllabification: con·cu·pis·cence
Pronunciation: /känˈkyo͞opəsəns/

Definition of concupiscence in English:


Strong sexual desire; lust.
Example sentences
  • Any distortion of this form is judged a result of Original Sin, evidenced by concupiscence affecting human sexual desire and labeled ‘disorder.’
  • Snoopiness, gossip, toying with the occult, reluctance to do what is good, forgetfulness of God's will, factionalism, and many other failings are as much manifestations of concupiscence as disordered sexual impulses.
  • According to Augustine, sin is concupiscence: that is, a compelling desire or drive to serve one's self rather than God.


Middle English: via Old French from late Latin concupiscentia, from Latin concupiscent- 'beginning to desire', from the verb concupiscere, from con- (expressing intensive force) + cupere 'to desire'.

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