\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Along with Spanish colonizers looking for riches, priests looking for souls to save, many Indigenous people came as well — some as servants, others forcibly to quench the lust of men, some as wives, and many more for endless other reasons. Fidel Martinez, Los Angeles Times, 12 May 2022 This lust for living happily each and every day has served the people here well and rewarded them with a few extra healthy years. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 8 May 2022 The lyrics repeatedly touch on loss of time and regret, but foot-stomp picking, joyous harmonies, and an optimistic lust for life lead the band home. Drew Fortune, SPIN, 25 Jan. 2022 Though the cinematic exploits of Indiana Jones in the 1980s provided a popular, fictional view of a Nazi lust for antiquities, the art world has, understandably, focused considerably more attention on the seizure of art from Jews. New York Times, 18 Jan. 2022 The California native singer-songwriter is known for her vintage Americana style and lust for romance, which both play key roles in her new releases. Vogue, 7 Dec. 2021 Ace of Wands: A true lust for life is cast upon you in October, my Scorpio friends. Meghan Rose, Glamour, 1 Dec. 2021 But the process comes with its own surprises, and what begins as curiosity morphs into fascination, attraction, lust. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 28 Apr. 2022 Jupiter’s forward traction into Aries on May 10, enhances our desires and lust for life. Lisa Stardust,, 27 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Panerai fans are bound to lust after the watch for its three years-in-the-making skeletonized automatic movement, the brand’s first-ever. Victoria Gomelsky, Robb Report, 31 Dec. 2021 To be fair, everybody in the family seems to lust for Patrizia. Bilge Ebiri, Vulture, 11 Dec. 2021 The league bosses, who lust for new stadiums, would have objected, leaned on the Yorks to build a new one ASAP. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 13 Nov. 2021 Fantasies of love or lust open her up to violent visions of volcanoes, unrest and a hail of bullets, but all these disasters are outstripped by her longing. Washington Post, 29 Sep. 2021 Now cool-hunter kids lust after Jordan sneakers and Jean Prouvé No. 305 chairs. Jacob Gallagher, WSJ, 27 Sep. 2021 All other human passions are subsidiary to lust for money and contempt for those no longer in a position to dole it out. Geoffrey O’brien, The New York Review of Books, 29 Jan. 2020 But their convenience and easy setup has made campers everywhere lust after them. Will Egensteiner, Popular Mechanics, 18 Aug. 2021 In Big Church the message was simple: Men were prone to lust, women to gossip. Kelsey Mckinney, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 See More

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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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“Lust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2022.

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Kids Definition of lust

: a strong longing She has a lust for adventure.

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