- 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.
- pleasure or delight.
- desire; inclination; wish.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for 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
Each man was lusting for all that was not his own; but free alms, where were they?The Coming of the Friars
I fear not uncleanness of meat, but the uncleanness of lusting.The Confessions of Saint Augustine
The real man was an arrogant autocrat, lusting for power and wealth.The Trail Horde
Charles Alden Seltzer
- a strong desire for sexual gratification
- a strong desire or drive
- (intr; often foll by after or for) to have a lust (for)
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."