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Definition of "concupiscence" [con•cu•pis•cence]

  • A strong desire, especially sexual desire; lust. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "concupiscence" in a sentence
  • "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."