[ kon-kyoo-pi-suhns, kong- ]
See synonyms for concupiscence on
  1. sexual desire; lust.

  2. ardent, usually sensuous, longing.

Origin of concupiscence

First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English word from Late Latin word concupīscentia.See concupiscent, -ence

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How to use concupiscence in a sentence

  • Although exempt from concupiscence and "full of grace," she was so distrustful of herself as if she were in continual danger.

  • When anger, avarice, and concupiscence convulse the peace of thy soul, look up to this star and call on Mary.

  • Placed then amid these temptations, I strive daily against concupiscence in eating and drinking.

  • Thus then have I considered the sicknesses of my sins in that threefold concupiscence, and have called Thy right hand to my help.

  • St. Jerome and others of the ancient fathers allege this infirmity of Paul's to have been some physical defect, or concupiscence.

British Dictionary definitions for concupiscence


/ (kənˈkjuːpɪsəns) /

  1. strong desire, esp sexual desire

Origin of concupiscence

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

Derived forms of concupiscence

  • concupiscent, adjective

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