- pleasure or delight.
- desire; inclination; wish.
verb (used without object)
Origin of lust
Examples from the Web for lust
But I say onto you, That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
She wasn't motivated by a lust for fame; she simply wanted to control the conversation.Porn Keeps Up with the Kardashians: Belle Knox on the Mainstreaming of Adult Stars|Aurora Snow|September 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The 2014 roster is even more pathetic: About Last Night, Lust for Love, And So It Goes, Sex Tape.
But despite being repeatedly shot down by experts, the tale of lust in the service of Allah is back.The Enduring Myth of ‘Sex-Jihad’ Still Sates the Media|Lizzie Crocker|April 13, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And his small-scale sculpture Avarice and Lust (1887) embodies the two sins via a masculine form entangled with a female one.
Yet the keenness with which immorality of the particular kind is watched fans the flame of lust.Expositor's Bible: The Book of Job|Robert Watson
She was the goddess of married love, she became later the emblem of lust.The Hearts of Men|H. Fielding
The face was flat and broad, its lips the lips of incarnate hate and lust combined.Tom Clark and His Wife|Paschal Beverly Randolph
The men heard it and their eyes brightened with the lust of battle.The Blazed Trail|Stewart Edward White
Use Fasting and severe Abstinence, which are the proper Abscissions of the instruments and temptations of lust.The Curtezan unmasked|Annonymous (a Spiritual Physician)
Word Origin for lust
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.