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Friday, June 01, 2018

Definitions for concupiscent

  1. lustful or sensual.
  2. eagerly desirous.

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Citations for concupiscent
He looks at Faust’s romance with Gretchen (Camilla Horn) with an agonized tenderness, and at Mephisto’s courtship of the concupiscent Marthe (Yvette Guilbert) with rib-shaking ribaldry. Richard Brody, "What to Stream This Weekend," The New Yorker, February 24, 2018
He'd have bet his Porsche, from that one look, that she had summed him up as one more concupiscent old guy, easily manipulated. Edward Falco, Wolf Point, 2005
Origin of concupiscent
1400-1450
Not many Latin words are as easy to break down into their component parts as concupiscent is. The first element is a variant of the preposition and prefix cum “with,” here used as an intensive prefix (“thoroughly”). The second element is the Latin root cup- “desire.” The third, -isc, is the inceptive (also called inchoative) suffix (“beginning to …”). The final element is -ent, the inflectional stem of the present participle; concupiscent literally means “beginning to strongly desire” or simply "desirous." Concupiscent entered English in the 14th century.