Definition of concupiscence in US English:



  • Strong sexual desire; lust.

    ‘St. Anthony's battle with concupiscence’
    • ‘Any distortion of this form is judged a result of Original Sin, evidenced by concupiscence affecting human sexual desire and labeled ‘disorder.’’
    • ‘Her eyes were wild with concupiscence, and her hair spilled around them like a screen of privacy.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘According to Augustine, sin is concupiscence: that is, a compelling desire or drive to serve one's self rather than God.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Paul described with agonizing detail how he suffered from ‘all manner of concupiscence.’’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Don't worry: he'll get both back, in a climax that mixes concupiscence with capitalism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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!’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Salutary and worthwhile it is to remind yourself sometimes of how prone you are to what the great Karl Rahner described as ‘mental concupiscence.’’
    • ‘As St Thomas Aquinas, no lightweight himself, put it, ‘gluttony denotes inordinate concupiscence in eating’.’
    • ‘And what could be more objectifying of women than speaking as though birth control were something that only served male concupiscence?’
    • ‘Marvell attacks the concupiscence of the King's mistress, Lady Castlemaine, twice in Last Instructions to a Painter.’
    • ‘It's a deep fear and a sort of intellectual concupiscence since it's easy for me to believe, despite the promises of Christ.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    sexual desire, lust, lustfulness, sexual appetite, sexual longing, sexual passion, ardour, desire, passion
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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’.