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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.
verb (used without object)
to have intense sexual desire.
to have a yearning or desire; have a strong or excessive craving (often followed by for or after).
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Origin of lust
before 900; Middle English luste,Old English lust; cognate with Dutch, German lust pleasure, desire; akin to Old Norse lyst desire; see list4
OTHER WORDS FROM lustun·lust·ing, adjective
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How to use lust in a sentence
When you’re in love or lust or both, it’s very difficult to not do what you’re going to do.At home, forever and ever, with Dean & Britta|Nate Rogers|November 6, 2020|Washington Post
For 25 years, revenge-lusting activists in India have lobbied for his imprisonment.The Haunted CEO|Allan Dodds Frank|July 18, 2010|DAILY BEAST
The real man was an arrogant autocrat, lusting for power and wealth.The Trail Horde|Charles Alden Seltzer
But all the gentlemen wished to take part in the expedition, and joined the Bedouins, lusting for battle.A Visit to the Holy Land, Egypt, and Italy|Ida Pfeiffer
Having learned that men are a naturally combative race, lusting for blood, the poet saw it was hopeless to bring them to terms.Authors of Greece|T. W. Lumb
They panted for a chance to mete out annihilation to the blood-lusting rascals and untamed savages who were harassing them.South Africa and the Transvaal War, Vol. IV (of 6)|Louis Creswicke
In a moment the human lusting for the blood of its fellows is let loose, than which there is no more terrible madness on earth.The Twins of Suffering Creek|Ridgwell Cullum
British Dictionary definitions for lust
/ (lʌst) /
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 for lust
Old English; related to Old High German lust desire, Old Norse losti sexual desire, Latin lascīvus playful, wanton, lustful. Compare listless
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