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concupiscence

Line breaks: con|cu¦pis|cence
Pronunciation: /kənˈkjuːpɪs(ə)ns
 
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Definition of concupiscence in English:

noun

[mass noun] formal
Strong sexual desire; lust: St Anthony’s battle with concupiscence
More 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.
Synonyms
sexual desire, lust, lustfulness, sexual appetite, sexual longing, sexual passion, ardour, desire, passion;
libido, sex drive, sexuality, biological urge;
informal horniness, raunchiness, the hots
British informal randiness, the horn

Origin

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'.

Words that rhyme with concupiscence

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