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lust

noun \ ˈləst \
Updated on: 5 Dec 2017

Definition of lust

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

Examples of lust in a Sentence

  1. He was consumed by lust.

  2. He was driven by a lust for power.

  3. Lust for chocolate drew her into the candy store.

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Origin and Etymology of lust

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


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lust

verb

Definition of lust

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

Recent Examples of lust from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of lust

see 1lust



LUST Defined for English Language Learners

lust

noun

Definition of lust for English Language Learners

  • : a strong feeling of sexual desire

  • : a strong desire for something


lust

verb

Definition of lust for English Language Learners

  • : to have a strong sexual desire for someone

  • : to have a strong desire for something


LUST Defined for Kids

lust

noun \ ˈləst \

Definition of lust for Students

: a strong longing
  • She has a lust for adventure.


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