from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A strong desire, especially sexual desire; lust.
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- n. An ardent desire, especially sexual desire; lust.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Sexual lust; morbid carnal passion.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Improper or illicit desire; sensual appetite; especially, lustful desire or feeling; sensuality; lust.
- n. Strong desire in general; appetite.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a desire for sexual intimacy
Nor, indeed, have we only made use of the term concupiscence, but we have also said that "the fear of God and faith are wanting."
Sin has much more weakened man's will than darkened his intellect, and the rebellion of the sensual appetite, which we call concupiscence, does indeed disturb the understanding, but still it is against the will that it principally stirs up sedition and revolt: so that the poor will, already quite infirm, being shaken with the continual assaults which concupiscence directs against it, cannot make so great progress in divine love as reason and natural inclination suggest to it that it should do.
The necessary frustration of desirousness or concupiscence is the chief feature of the calcinatio stage.
However, the word concupiscence is constantly used for that appetite which exists in fallen man and is an incentive to sin, because it seeks forbidden objects or permissible in an forbidden way.
(Rom., viii, l); and why, according to James (i, 14 sqq.), concupiscence as such is really no sin; and it is apparent that St. Paul (Rom., vii, 17) is speaking only figuratively when he calls concupiscence sin, because it springs from sin and brings sin in its train.
The theologians have given the name concupiscence or concupiscible appetite to the passionate greed for sensual things, the effect, according to them, of original sin.
 It may remove ambiguity to say that the word concupiscence is here used not in its popular and modern, but its theological acceptation.
To indulge the lust of concupiscence is to live and act like heathens?
Fahey called the forces of unorganized naturalism, that is, the concupiscence of each one of us, our own tendency to sin.
And concupiscence, which is my enemy, performs evil, and does not perfect it.