[ kon-kyoo-pi-suh ns, kong- ]
/ kɒnˈkyu pɪ səns, kɒŋ- /


sexual desire; lust.
ardent, usually sensuous, longing.


Nearby words

  1. concretism,
  2. concretize,
  3. concubinage,
  4. concubinary,
  5. concubine,
  6. concupiscent,
  7. concupiscible,
  8. concur,
  9. concurrence,
  10. concurrent

Origin of concupiscence

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Late Latin word concupīscentia. See concupiscent, -ence Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for concupiscence


/ (kənˈkjuːpɪsəns) /


strong desire, esp sexual desire
Derived Formsconcupiscent, adjective

Word Origin for concupiscence

C14: from Church Latin concupiscentia, from Latin concupiscere to covet ardently, from cupere to wish, desire

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Word Origin and History for concupiscence



mid-14c., from Latin concupiscentia "eager desire," from concupiscens, present participle of concupiscere, inceptive of concupere "to be very desirous of," from com-, intensive prefix (see com-), + cupere "to long for" (see cupidity). Used in Vulgate to translate Greek epithymia.

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