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
Recent Examples on the Web The depictions are disturbingly romantic: seminude invaders among smoldering monuments, preening with bloodlust and concupiscence. Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic, "The Man Who Sacked Rome," 9 June 2020

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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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“Concupiscence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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