lust

noun
\ ˈləst \

Definition of lust 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 obsolete

a : pleasure, delight

b : personal inclination : wish

2 : usually intense or unbridled sexual desire : lasciviousness He was motivated more by lust than by love.

3a : an intense longing : craving a lust to succeed

b : enthusiasm, eagerness admired his lust for life

lust

verb
lusted; lusting; lusts

Definition of lust (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to have an intense desire or need : crave specifically : to have a sexual urge

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Examples of lust in a Sentence

Noun

He was consumed by lust. He was driven by a lust for power. Lust for chocolate drew her into the candy store.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Kylie Jenner's makeup routine is a lot of things: gorgeous, filled with lust-worthy products, and intense, to name a few. Zoe Weiner, Allure, "Watch Manny MUA Flawlessly Recreate Kylie Jenner’s Entire Makeup Routine," 9 July 2018 Majordomo's kitchen is brilliant at engineering pure food lust. Jonathan Gold, latimes.com, "At Majordomo, Jonathan Gold is unsure whether to praise chef David Chang — or bury him," 13 Apr. 2018 This week, Snail Mail expresses some self-doubt, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie balances love and lust and live recordings of Miles Davis and John Coltrane are released. Jon Pareles, New York Times, "The Playlist: Shawn Mendes Shows His Scars, and 9 More New Songs," 23 Mar. 2018 Their love and lust for each other made all four of their cold, dead eyes sparkle. Heather Havrilesky, The Cut, "The Bachelor Finale Was Enough to Make You Nostalgic for Paradise Hotel," 7 Mar. 2018 Grande/Davidson and Bieber/Baldwin are embracing our lust to know everything about their young love. Meagan Fredette, refinery29.com, "Are Justin Bieber & Ariana Grande Trying To One-Up Each Other On PDA?," 14 July 2018 There are fat slabs of pink prime rib coming out of the kitchen, but also dishes that treat plants as equal objects of lust, like cauliflower glazed with a fennel-olive marmalade and served with Parmesan sauce. Brett Martin, GQ, "GQ's Best New Restaurants in America, 2018," 23 Apr. 2018 And in the midst of the screaming, the confusion, the hand-wringing, the questioning, the blood lust, stands a silent man whose crimes include raising the dead, healing the sick, opening the eyes of the blind and restoring hearing to the deaf. Atlanta Life, ajc, "Crucifixion still happening in the world today," 23 Mar. 2018 For more on the greed, lust and secrets in Maurizio Gucci’s family, subscribe now to PEOPLE or pick up this week’s issue, on newsstands now. Adam Carlson, PEOPLE.com, "Decades After Hit Man Killed Gucci Mogul, the Ex-Wife Convicted of His Murder Speaks Out," 13 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Displaced Puerto Ricans have become the face of a voting bloc politicians are lusting over. Bianca Padró Ocasio, OrlandoSentinel.com, "These Puerto Ricans who fled Hurricane María's destruction built a community at a Super 8 in Kissimmee. Now, they have to leave it.," 27 June 2018 Stansell is one of those rare performers who does make country music videos showing two men lusting after each other (alongside an impressive rainbow dust cloud). refinery29.com, "How Country Music Became A Safe(r) Space For LGBTQ+ Artists," 8 June 2018 The documents had transcripts of conversations between Sherman and an unidentified blogger that showed the two explicitly lusting after the young girls depicted in the images and videos. Wayne K. Roustan, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Former middle school teacher facing child pornography charges," 22 June 2018 Considering how the Orioles and their fans lusted over Houston Astros pitching prospect Forrest Whitley last year during the Zach Britton saga, such comparisons should be welcome. Jon Meoli, baltimoresun.com, "Get to know 2018 Orioles draft picks Grayson Rodriguez, Cadyn Grenier," 5 June 2018 Thus this highly readable chronicle comprises vaulting ambition, familial betrayal, moral corruption, high politics, foul murder and a beautiful queen lusting for revenge. Andrew Roberts, WSJ, "‘Richard III’ Review: The Villain Wore a Crown," 30 Apr. 2018 This week, a new-to-NYC humanitarian worker lusting after a younger guy and bored by a preppy one: 37, straight, single, Upper East Side. The Cut, "The Humanitarian Worker Contemplating Group Sex," 6 May 2018 Alas, Tess is lusting for bad boy bartender Jake (Tom Sturridge). San Francisco Chronicle, "First course of ‘Sweetbitter’ goes down easily on Starz," 30 Apr. 2018 Astute fans of Back to the Future will recognize it as the truck that Marty lusted after; that's a Hilux in everything but the name. Devin Holody, Ars Technica, "A beginner’s guide to the world of weird and wonderful Japanese import cars," 26 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of lust

Noun

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Verb

12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lust

Noun

Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German lust pleasure and perhaps to Latin lascivus wanton

Verb

see lust entry 1

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More Definitions for lust

lust

noun

English Language Learners Definition of lust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a strong feeling of sexual desire

: a strong desire for something

lust

verb

English Language Learners Definition of lust (Entry 2 of 2)

: to have a strong sexual desire for someone

: to have a strong desire for something

lust

noun
\ ˈləst \

Kids Definition of lust

: a strong longing She has a lust for adventure.

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