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lust

[luhst] /lʌst/
noun
1.
intense sexual desire or appetite.
2.
uncontrolled or illicit sexual desire or appetite; lecherousness.
3.
a passionate or overmastering desire or craving (usually followed by for):
a lust for power.
4.
ardent enthusiasm; zest; relish:
an enviable lust for life.
5.
Obsolete.
  1. pleasure or delight.
  2. desire; inclination; wish.
verb (used without object)
6.
to have intense sexual desire.
7.
to have a yearning or desire; have a strong or excessive craving (often followed by for or after).
Origin of lust
900
before 900; Middle English luste, Old English lust; cognate with Dutch, German lust pleasure, desire; akin to Old Norse lyst desire; see list4
Related forms
unlusting, adjective
Synonyms
7. crave, hunger, covet, yearn.
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  • That she lusted and desired to have, was the worst of reasons why she should obtain!

    Heather and Snow George MacDonald
  • It was some sort of a ragout, he knew, and he lusted for it.

    Michael E. F. Benson
  • If Colbert coveted her name and wealth, Louvois lusted for her person.

    Court Beauties of Old Whitehall W. R. H. Trowbridge
  • With him the girl was only the means to the end that his whole nature now lusted for.

  • Appius Claudius, the decemvir, saw her and lusted to make her his own.

  • Blinded by ignorance and passion, you have lusted after power and have forgotten Russia.

    Russia Donald Mackenzie Wallace
  • The sending of the quails and the destruction of those that lusted.

    The Bible Period by Period

    Josiah Blake Tidwell
  • And that place was called, The graves of lust: for there they buried the people that had lusted.

British Dictionary definitions for lusted

lust

/lʌst/
noun
1.
a strong desire for sexual gratification
2.
a strong desire or drive
verb
3.
(intransitive; often foll by after or for) to have a lust (for)
Word Origin
Old English; related to Old High German lust desire, Old Norse losti sexual desire, Latin lascīvus playful, wanton, lustful. Compare listless
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Word Origin and History for lusted

lust

n.

Old English lust "desire, appetite, pleasure," from Proto-Germanic *lustuz (cf. Old Saxon, Old Frisian, Dutch, German lust, Old Norse lyst, Gothic lustus "pleasure, desire, lust"), from PIE *las- "to be eager, wanton, or unruly" (cf. Latin lascivus "wanton, playful, lustful;" see lascivious).

In Middle English, "any source of pleasure or delight," also "an appetite," also "a liking for a person," also "fertility" (of soil). Sense of "sinful sexual desire, degrading animal passion" (now the main meaning) developed in late Old English from the word's use in Bible translations (e.g. lusts of the flesh to render Latin concupiscentia carnis [I John ii:16]); the cognate words in other Germanic languages tend still to mean simply "pleasure."

lust

v.

c.1200, "to wish, to desire," from lust (n.) and Old English lystan (see list (v.4)). Sense of "to have a strong sexual desire (for or after)" is first attested 1520s in biblical use. Related: Lusted; lusting.

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