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lustful

[luhst-fuh l] /ˈlʌst fəl/
adjective
1.
full of or motivated by lust, greed, or the like:
He was an emperor lustful of power.
2.
having strong sexual desires; lecherous; libidinous.
3.
Archaic. lusty.
Origin of lustful
900
before 900; Middle English, Old English; see lust, -ful
Related forms
lustfully, adverb
lustfulness, noun
unlustful, adjective
unlustfully, adverb
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Examples from the Web for lustful
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  • And the lustful and tyrannical desires are, as we saw, at the greatest distance?

    The Republic Plato
  • Not a detail of her appearance escaped his quick, lustful eyes.

    The Golden Woman Ridgwell Cullum
  • A company that gestured, grimaced with the charm of lustful marionettes.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • They prevail, not as lustful excesses, but as religious observances.

    The Physical Life of Woman: Dr. George H Napheys
  • They awakened his other soul, the turbulent and lustful soul of a hungry beast.

    Foma Gordyeff Maxim Gorky
  • The atmosphere of the modern theater is lustful and irreverent.

British Dictionary definitions for lustful

lustful

/ˈlʌstfʊl/
adjective
1.
driven by lust
2.
(archaic) vigorous or lusty
Derived Forms
lustfully, adverb
lustfulness, noun
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Word Origin and History for lustful
adj.

Old English lustfull "wishful, desirous, having an eager desire;" see lust (n.) + -ful. Specifically of sexual desire from 1570s. Related: Lustfully; lustfulness. Middle English also had lustsome, which was used in a sense of "voluptuous, lustful" from c.1400. Old English had lustbære "desirable, pleasant, cheerful, joyous."

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