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Meaning of lust by Wiktionary Dictionary



    Old English lust ( “lust, pleasure, longing” ), from Proto-Germanic *lustuz. Akin to Old Saxon, Dutch lust, Old Frisian, Old High German, German Lust, & Swedish lust, Danish lyst & Icelandic lyst, Old Norse losti, Gothic lustus, and perhaps to Sanskrit lush "to desire", or to English loose. Confer list ( “to please” ), listless .


    • IPA: /lʌst/, IPA: /lʊst/
    • Rhymes: -ʌst


    lust ( uncountable )

    1. A feeling of strong desire, especially of a sexual nature .
      Upon seeing Kim, I was filled with lust .
    2. ( archaic ) A general want or longing not necessarily sexual or devious .
      The boarders hide their lust to go home .
    3. ( archaic ) A delightful cause of joy, pleasure .
      An ideal son is his father's lasting lust .


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    • UTSL


    lust m .

    1. desire, pleasure, appetite, lust
      Him wæs metes micel lust: he had a craving for food. ( Ælfric's Homilies )

Explanation of lust by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. have a craving, appetite, or great desire for

    1. self-indulgent sexual desire ( personified as one of the deadly sins )

    2. a strong sexual desire

    Definition of lust by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Lust n. [AS. lust, lust, pleasure, longing; akin to OS., D., G., & Sw. lust, Dan. & Icel. lyst, Goth lustus, and perh. tom Skr. lush to desire, or to E. loose. Cf. List to please, Listless.]
      1. Pleasure. [Obs.] “ Lust and jollity.” Chaucer.

      2. Inclination; desire. [Obs.]

      For little lust had she to talk of aught. Spenser.

      My lust to devotion is little. Bp. Hall.

      3. Longing desire; eagerness to possess or enjoy; -- in a had sense; as, “the lust of gain”.

      The lust of reigning. Milton.

      4. Licentious craving; a strong sexual appetite. Milton.

      5. Hence: Virility; vigor; active power. [Obs.] Bacon.

    2. Lust v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lusted; p. pr. & vb. n. Lusting.] [AS. lystan. See Lust, n., and cf. List to choose.]
      1. To list; to like. [Obs.] Chaucer. “ Do so if thou lust. ” Latimer.

      ☞ In earlier usage lust was impersonal.

      In the water vessel he it cast

      When that him luste. Chaucer.

      2. To have an eager, passionate, and especially an inordinate or sinful desire, as for the gratification of the sexual appetite or of covetousness; -- often with after.

      Whatsoever thy soul lusteth after. Deut. xii. 15.

      Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. Matt. v. 28.

      The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy. James iv. 5.