Thesaurus

desire

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of desire

  1. 1 a strong wish for something a desire for adventure and excitement prompted him to travel to Africa Synonyms appetency, appetite, craving, drive, hankering, hunger, itch, jones [slang], letch, longing, lust, passion, pining, thirst, thirstiness, urge, yearning, yen Related Words compulsion, impulse, impulsion, will, zeal; liking, love, taste, weakness; eagerness, impatience; want, wish; necessity, need, requirement; obsession; acquisitiveness, avarice, avariciousness, avidity, covetousness, cupidity, greed, greediness, rapaciousness, rapacity; cacoëthes, mania Near Antonyms abhorrence, abomination, allergy, averseness, aversion, disfavor, disgust, disinclination, dislike, disliking, distaste, hatred, loathing, nausea, repugnance, repulsion, revulsion; apathy, indifference, insouciance, nonchalance, unconcern

  2. 2 sexual appetite the nude pictures were clearly intended to provoke desire Synonyms concupiscence, eroticism, horniness, hots, itch, lech, letch, libidinousness, lust, lustfulness, lustihood, passion, salaciousness Related Words libido; ardor, heat, rut; erotomania, hypersexuality, lecherousness, lechery, nymphomania, satyriasis; venery Near Antonyms abstinence, celibacy, chastity; frigidity, frigidness

  3. 3 an earnest request at the delegate's desire, the voice vote on the controversial measure was followed by an actual roll call Synonyms adjuration, appeal, conjuration, cry, plea, entreaty, petition, pleading, prayer, solicitation, suit, suppliance, supplicationRelated Words application, requisition; call, claim, demand, insistence


desire

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of desire

  1. 1 to have an earnest wish to own or enjoy he greatly desired a new mountain bike for his next birthday Synonyms ache (for), covet, crave, desiderate, die (for), hanker (for or after), hunger (for), itch (for), jones (for) [slang], long (for), lust (for or after), pant (after), pine (for), repine (for), salivate (for), sigh (for), thirst (for), want, wish (for), yearn (for), yen (for) Related Words spoil (for); adore, delight (in), dig, enjoy, fancy, groove (on), like, love, relish, revel (in); favor, prefer; admire, appreciate, cherish, prize, treasure, value Phrases set one's heart on Near Antonyms abhor, abominate, despise, detest, execrate, hate, loathe; decline, refuse, reject, spurn

  2. 2 to make a request for the host desires a response to the dinner invitation by tomorrow Synonyms bespeak, call (for), ask, plead (for), quest, request, seek, solicit, speak (for), sue (for)Related Words apply (for), beg (for), claim, clamor (for), importune, urge, wish (for); demand, enjoin, exact, insist (on), petition (for), press (for), require, requisition; invite, invoke



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