\ ˈləst How to pronounce lust (audio) \

Definition of lust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : usually intense or unbridled sexual desire : lasciviousness He was motivated more by lust than by love.
2a : an intense longing : craving a lust to succeed
b : enthusiasm, eagerness admired his lust for life
3 obsolete
b : personal inclination : wish


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 Bey plainly reveals generational trauma, lust, and prayers with innovative vocalizations — sheets of buoyant ad-libs, trills, and stutters. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, "Yaya Bey: A Black Girl Trying to Heal," 29 Apr. 2021 As life on the ship descends into chaos, they’re consumed by fear, lust, and the insatiable hunger for power. Tony Bradley, Forbes, "‘Voyagers’ Employs Innovative Technology To Deliver A Sci-Fi Thriller," 9 Apr. 2021 Welcome to the cringey-beautiful world of erotic fanfiction, also known as smut, where celebrities and fictional characters get both figuratively and literally bent over by lust-minded writers with thirsty readerships. Michelle Santiago Cortés,, "Fanfiction Is Cringey & Beautiful — No Wonder It’s Having A Moment," 13 Apr. 2021 As such, for serious Patek Philippe collectors, who either already have a Nautilus or prefer not to follow the lust of the masses, this is instantly the must-have model of the year (so far at least). Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, "Patek Philippe Just Unveiled 5 More New Watches, Including Two Calendar Watches and Calatrava Models," 12 Apr. 2021 To glimpse old photos of Jane and Serge is to enter a sophisticated netherworld that no longer exists, a glamorous fog of early-morning excess and possessed lust. Washington Post, "Jane Birkin is back with a new album, but her presence is everlasting," 19 Mar. 2021 To even be as horny for Tallie as Abigail is, lending literal voice to that lust in her journals, is substantial. K. Austin Collins, Rolling Stone, "Women in Love: ‘The World to Come’ Is Filled With the Wild Excitement of Romance," 7 Mar. 2021 Some members, like producer Romil Hemnani, lust after hits. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, "Brockhampton Process Pain and Get Closer to Pop on ‘Roadrunner: New Light, New Machine’," 9 Apr. 2021 They’ve been genetically chosen for genius, and nurtured in an egalitarian pod, far away from socioeconomic inequalities, but Burger ultimately asserts that there’s no arguing with human nature and the forces of desire, lust, jealousy and rage. Katie Walsh, Los Angeles Times, "Review: The kids aren’t all right in the allegorical space adventure ‘Voyagers’," 7 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Luckily, Bridgerton was just renewed for a season 3 and 4, so there will be many more hot people to lust after. Natalie Morin,, "Let Regé-Jean Page Have His Happily Ever After," 14 Apr. 2021 The language—chosen but simple and unforced—speaks powerfully to lust, ripeness and anticipation. Sam Sacks, WSJ, "Fiction: ‘That Old Country Music’ Review," 15 Jan. 2021 Claggart takes advantage of that paranoid atmosphere by accusing Billy of fomenting mutiny—a wholly unsubstantiated claim rooted in Claggart’s corrosive envy of, and lust for, the sailor. Alex Ross, The New Yorker, "Pushed to the Edge by “Beau Travail”," 20 Oct. 2020 From practically the beginning of his love affair with computers, Chandra has lusted after a word processor that will keep him from making inadvertent mistakes. Andrew Leonard, Wired, "A Code-Obsessed Novelist Builds a Writing Bot. The Plot Thickens," 6 Feb. 2020 Look for another great read that combines compelling history and the adventures of an action hero––think Charles Bronson in Death Wish–– lusting for revenge. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "Book review: ‘Wolf’ is the pre-World War II historical thriller you didn’t know you needed right now," 31 Mar. 2020 This bin comes in three trendy colors and is also great for anyone who is constantly scrapping paper, opening envelopes, or lusting after cute design-y items online all day. Cassidy Olsen, USA TODAY, "20 great gifts your coworkers will actually use," 29 Oct. 2019 Here was the defense Miller had lusted for all winter, a stifling, choking effort that simply allowed nothing easily. Zach Osterman, Indianapolis Star, "IU defense slams door on Northwestern. Is this a turning point for the Hoosiers?," 9 Jan. 2020 The flavor soul of most food ingredients is split into halves that rarely mix: one that thrives in water and one that lusts after fat. Ali Bouzari,, "Housemade: How Tommy’s Mexican Restaurant highlights quality Tequila in its margaritas," 30 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of lust


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3a


12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for lust

Noun and Verb

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

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The first known use of lust was before the 12th century

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8 May 2021

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“Lust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lust

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a strong feeling of sexual desire
: a strong desire for something



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


\ ˈləst How to pronounce lust (audio) \

Kids Definition of lust

: a strong longing She has a lust for adventure.

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