con·​cu·​pis·​cence kän-ˈkyü-pə-sən(t)s How to pronounce concupiscence (audio)
: strong desire
especially : sexual desire
concupiscent 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 Gregory of Nyssa, contemplating the Christian horror of concupiscence, once theorized that had not Adam and Eve sinned, the two of them would have remained virgins and reproduced in whatever way angels did. David Harsanyi, National Review, 8 June 2023 The depictions are disturbingly romantic: seminude invaders among smoldering monuments, preening with bloodlust and concupiscence. Cullen Murphy, The Atlantic, 9 June 2020

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Word History


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, in the meaning defined above

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

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Cite this Entry

“Concupiscence.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2024.

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