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[luhst] /lʌst/
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.
  1. pleasure or delight.
  2. desire; inclination; wish.
verb (used without object)
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
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
7. crave, hunger, covet, yearn. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for lusting
Historical Examples
  • I fear not uncleanness of meat, but the uncleanness of lusting.

  • Among that mad, lusting horde you were so weak, so helpless, yet so hungry for love.

    The Trail of '98 Robert W. Service
  • They are lusting and longing for the things of this world, in which there is no profit.

    Wilford Woodruff Matthias F. Cowley
  • The real man was an arrogant autocrat, lusting for power and wealth.

    The Trail Horde Charles Alden Seltzer
  • The acquisitive, self-seeking, lusting qualities of men lie at the base of life, and may be essential to achievement and advance.

  • Try to change a man's heart that is palpitating with poison and lusting for more!

  • He had given away for one red moment to the leaping, lusting urge to smash the world.

    Gladiator Philip Wylie
  • His wild spirit, lusting pleasure, seemed to burn with an instinctive flame of hate.

    Their Son; The Necklace Eduardo Zamacois
  • Each man was lusting for all that was not his own; but free alms, where were they?

    The Coming of the Friars Augustus Jessopp
  • The angler who was lusting for one of them under his rod spake not, and went away sorrowful.

    Lines in Pleasant Places William Senior
British Dictionary definitions for lusting


a strong desire for sexual gratification
a strong desire or drive
(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 lusting



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."


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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lusting in the Bible

sinful longing; the inward sin which leads to the falling away from God (Rom. 1:21). "Lust, the origin of sin, has its place in the heart, not of necessity, but because it is the centre of all moral forces and impulses and of spiritual activity." In Mark 4:19 "lusts" are objects of desire.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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