[kon-kyoo-pi-suh ns, kong-]
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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. 2018

Related Words for concupiscence

desire, lechery, prurience

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British Dictionary definitions for concupiscence


  1. 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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