- The definition of concupiscence is a strong desire such as lust.
An example of concupiscence is a man's unending desire for a particular woman.
Origin of concupiscenceMiddle English and amp; Old French ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin concupiscentia ; from Classical Latin concupiscens, present participle of concupiscere, to desire eagerly ; from com-, intensive + cupiscere, to wish, desire ; from cupere, to desire: see Cupid
Origin of concupiscenceMiddle English, from Old French, from Late Latin concupīscentia, from Latin concupīscēns, concupīscent-, present participle of concupīscere, inchoative of concupere, to desire strongly : com-, intensive pref.; see com– + cupere, to desire.
- An ardent desire, especially sexual desire; lust.
- Quite certainly you command me to refrain from concupiscence of the flesh and concupiscence of the eyes and worldy pride. — St. Augustine, The Confessions X, 30, 41. Trans Maria Boulding.
- He was torn by two intense and conflicting desires: his ardent wish to advance through his association with Mr. Browning, and his concupiscence. — Please Pass the Guilt, Rex Stout, 1973.
- Skaters, spinning like atoms across fields of pure light, are desirable in a way that transcends mere concupiscence; they inhabit another element, and the man who would try to catch one risks, literally, falling on his ass. — Newsweek, Winter 1994.
- concupiscent adj
From Latin concupiscentia, from concupīscō (“I desire strongly, I desire eagerly; I covet”).