- intense sexual desire or appetite.
- uncontrolled or illicit sexual desire or appetite; lecherousness.
- a passionate or overmastering desire or craving (usually followed by for): a lust for power.
- ardent enthusiasm; zest; relish: an enviable lust for life.
- pleasure or delight.
- desire; inclination; wish.
- to have intense sexual desire.
- to have a yearning or desire; have a strong or excessive craving (often followed by for or after).
Origin of lust
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Examples from the Web for lusted
That she lusted and desired to have, was the worst of reasons why she should obtain!Heather and Snow
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.King Spruce, A Novel
Appius Claudius, the decemvir, saw her and lusted to make her his own.
- a strong desire for sexual gratification
- a strong desire or drive
- (intr; often foll by after or for) to have a lust (for)
Word Origin and History for lusted
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."