Definition of concupiscence in English:



  • [mass noun] Strong sexual desire; lust.

    ‘St Anthony's battle with concupiscence’
    • ‘Don't worry: he'll get both back, in a climax that mixes concupiscence with capitalism.’
    • ‘The popular tale, as rendered here, is gluey with preaching about a society, dominated by greed, megalomania, and more than a touch of concupiscence, that predictably neglects its offspring.’
    • ‘How many of us would welcome a dose of concupiscence, when the grinding realities of sickness and need have drained the body of all its sap and sweetness, just as a reminder of being sentient!’
    • ‘Marvell attacks the concupiscence of the King's mistress, Lady Castlemaine, twice in Last Instructions to a Painter.’
    • ‘From gym memberships never used to Robbie Williams CDs never played, this surplus of concupiscence costs at least $10.5 billion a year.’
    • ‘Pregnant with concupiscence, she beseeched him.’
    • ‘Our attraction to the sin in the world and to the temptations of the devil is called concupiscence, and is defined by the Catechism of the Catholic Church as an ‘inclination to evil’.’
    • ‘Her eyes were wild with concupiscence, and her hair spilled around them like a screen of privacy.’
    • ‘As Augustine just discussed in the Christian Heritage quote for today, concupiscence becomes sin - and thus a barrier between us and God - only when we consent to its desires, not simply when we experience and manfully resist them.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the Catholic tradition holds that human perfection lies in loving God, and the means to this goal include freedom from concupiscence and the death of the will.’
    • ‘Any distortion of this form is judged a result of Original Sin, evidenced by concupiscence affecting human sexual desire and labeled ‘disorder.’’
    • ‘According to Augustine, sin is concupiscence: that is, a compelling desire or drive to serve one's self rather than God.’
    • ‘Salutary and worthwhile it is to remind yourself sometimes of how prone you are to what the great Karl Rahner described as ‘mental concupiscence.’’
    • ‘Paul described with agonizing detail how he suffered from ‘all manner of concupiscence.’’
    • ‘I find it wonderful to consider, from times so long ago, the envy of Cain, the concupiscence of Delilah, the fidelity and failure of Lot.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It's a deep fear and a sort of intellectual concupiscence since it's easy for me to believe, despite the promises of Christ.’
    • ‘And what could be more objectifying of women than speaking as though birth control were something that only served male concupiscence?’
    • ‘As St Thomas Aquinas, no lightweight himself, put it, ‘gluttony denotes inordinate concupiscence in eating’.’
    sexual desire, lust, lustfulness, sexual appetite, sexual longing, sexual passion, ardour, desire, passion
    libido, sex drive, sexuality, biological urge
    lechery, lecherousness, lasciviousness, lewdness, wantonness, carnality, licentiousness, salaciousness, prurience
    horniness, raunchiness, the hots
    randiness, the horn
    salacity, nympholepsy
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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.