Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Intense or unrestrained sexual craving.
  • n. An overwhelming desire or craving: a lust for power.
  • n. Intense eagerness or enthusiasm: a lust for life.
  • n. Obsolete Pleasure; relish.
  • intransitive v. To have an intense or obsessive desire, especially one that is sexual.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A feeling of strong desire, especially of a sexual nature.
  • n. A general want or longing not necessarily sexual or devious.
  • n. A delightful cause of joy, pleasure.
  • v. To very strongly desire.
  • v. To crave sexual contact urgently.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Pleasure.
  • n. Inclination; desire.
  • n. Longing desire; eagerness to possess or enjoy; -- in a had sense.
  • n. Licentious craving; a strong sexual appetite.
  • n. Hence: Virility; vigor; active power.
  • intransitive v. To list; to like.
  • intransitive v. 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.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To desire eagerly; long: with after or for.
  • To take pleasure; delight; like.
  • Specifically To have evil desire.
  • To have carnal desire: with after.
  • A Middle English form of list .
  • n. Desire, inclination, or wish in general.
  • n. Intense longing desire; eagerness for possession or enjoyment: as, the lust of gain.
  • n. Specifically Evil propensity; depraved affection or desire.
  • n. In absolute use, carnal desire; sexual appetite; unlawful desire of sexual pleasure; concupiscence.
  • n. Pleasure; delight; a source of pleasure.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
  • n. a strong sexual desire
  • n. self-indulgent sexual desire (personified as one of the deadly sins)

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old English, desire; see las- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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" and Albanian lushë ("bitch, savage dog, promiscuous woman"), or to English loose. Confer list ("to please"), listless. (Wiktionary)

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  • lust is real. love is an illusion.

    October 3, 2009