li·​bid·​i·​nous lə-ˈbi-də-nəs How to pronounce libidinous (audio)
: having or marked by lustful desires : lascivious
libidinously adverb
libidinousness noun

Examples of libidinous in a Sentence

a novel about a libidinous lawyer who becomes an abject slave to sexual addiction
Recent Examples on the Web Manuela agrees to sell Cora a coveted piece of her land, if the Duchess will spend one libidinous summer in her company. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 19 Dec. 2023 The food, meanwhile, is luscious, almost libidinous; Mirarchi’s motivating principle seems to be the pursuit of suppleness and surrender. Helen Rosner, The New Yorker, 10 Dec. 2023 Considered alongside this libidinous fervor, Hite’s relative obscurity today begins to feel like a glaring omission from the public imagination—and a lens for understanding larger patterns in feminist media. Hannah Giorgis, The Atlantic, 5 Dec. 2023 Eileen keeps playing this libidinous cat-and-mouse game, coyly watching as the stronger woman starts to show odd signs of weakness and the weaker of the two becomes more assured. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 2 Dec. 2023 Below Deck — some of the most libidinous, raucous shows on television — ended up revealing that, actually, none of this is that hard to understand. Monica Hesse, Washington Post, 4 Sep. 2023 Should brands engage with excessively libidinous fans? Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 1 Aug. 2023 Even when his pupils seemed better disposed, their behavior was often disconcerting, with the women sitting naked on the chaste young Englishman’s lap—albeit without any apparent libidinous motives—and affectionately fastening chunks of coral to his necktie. Adam Goodheart, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Sep. 2023 They’re at times deceitful, manipulative and gleefully libidinous – in other words, all the things straight male characters have been allowed to be for years. Patrick Ryan, USA TODAY, 30 Aug. 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English, from Latin libidinosus, from libidin-, libido

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of libidinous was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Libidinous.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Medical Definition


li·​bid·​i·​nous -ᵊn-əs, -ˈbid-nəs How to pronounce libidinous (audio)
: having or marked by lustful desires
: libidinal
libidinous ties between individuals

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