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concupiscence

noun con·cu·pis·cence \kän-ˈkyü-pə-sən(t)s, kən-\

Definition of CONCUPISCENCE

:  strong desire; especially :  sexual desire
con·cu·pis·cent \-sənt\ adjective

Examples of CONCUPISCENCE

  1. <the Puritans did not condemn concupiscence but rather the satisfaction of it in ways they deemed illicit>
  2. <according the church theologian St. Augustine, concupiscence is a consequence of original sin>

Origin of CONCUPISCENCE

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin concupiscentia, from Latin concupiscent-, concupiscens, present participle of concupiscere to desire ardently, from com- + cupere to desire
First Known Use: 14th century

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