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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 Of the seven deadly sins (pride, greed, wrath, lust, gluttony, sloth, and envy), only envy gives no pleasure, however fleeting. Robert Zafft, Forbes, 18 Sep. 2021 The songs on the young rock tyro's debut album Teenage Heartbreak (out Friday) channel the irresistible riffs, explosive choruses and mix of lust, heartache, rebellion and angst that defined pop-punk's golden age. John Norris, Billboard, 16 Sep. 2021 Almost all the ancient vices—envy, wrath, greed, pride and, notably, lust—can, and will, be facilitated by the internet over the course of the show. John Anderson, WSJ, 24 Aug. 2021 To be controlled by one’s emotions—lust, fear, anger, and the rest—is an obstacle to that goal. Gregory Hays, The New York Review of Books, 11 Mar. 2021 My insatiable lust for fishing had hijacked the trip. Matt Wyatt, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Sep. 2021 For those who've re-watched Fleabag season 2 an unholy number of times, Andie J. Christopher is here to slake our lust for another Hot Priest. Maureen Lee Lenker,, 30 July 2021 Watching her Mary slowly warm up to Saoirse Ronan’s Charlotte, first with chilly reserve and later with incandescent lust, is to watch an inverse of Winslet’s Marianne Dashwood. Manuel Betancourt, Vulture, 27 May 2021 What’s been discovered is the lust of murder, the everydayness of murder. Addie Morfoot, Variety, 2 Sep. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Putin continues to lust after these three former Soviet republics, but only Belarus remains firmly in his orbit. Tracy Wilkinson Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 15 June 2021 Luckily, Bridgerton was just renewed for a season 3 and 4, so there will be many more hot people to lust after. Natalie Morin,, 14 Apr. 2021 The language—chosen but simple and unforced—speaks powerfully to lust, ripeness and anticipation. Sam Sacks, WSJ, 15 Jan. 2021

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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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“Lust.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Oct. 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


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Kids Definition of lust

: a strong longing She has a lust for adventure.

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