con·​cu·​pis·​cence | \ kän-ˈkyü-pə-sən(t)s How to pronounce concupiscence (audio) , kən-\

Definition of concupiscence

: strong desire especially : sexual desire

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concupiscent \ kän-​ˈkyü-​pə-​sənt How to pronounce concupiscent (audio) , kən-​ \ adjective

Examples of concupiscence in a Sentence

the Puritans did not condemn concupiscence but rather the satisfaction of it in ways they deemed illicit

First Known Use of concupiscence

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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The first known use of concupiscence was in the 14th century

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