Etymology: Middle English, from Old English; akin to Old High German lust pleasure and perhaps to Latin lascivus wanton
Date: before 12th century
1 obsolete a : pleasure, delight b : personal inclination : wish
2 : usu. intense or unbridled sexual desire : lasciviousness
3 a : an intense longing : craving <a lust to succeed> b : enthusiasm, eagerness <admired his lust for life>
intense sexual desire or appetite.
uncontrolled or illicit sexual desire or appetite; lecherousness.
a passionate or overmastering desire or craving (usually fol. by for ): a lust for power.
ardent enthusiasm; zest; relish: an enviable lust for life.
desire; inclination; wish.
–verb (used without object)
to have intense sexual desire.
to have a yearning or desire; have a strong or excessive craving (often fol. by for or after ).
bef. 900; ME luste, OE lust; c. D, G lust pleasure, desire; akin to ON lyst desire; see list4
animalism, aphrodisia, appetence, appetition, avidity, carnality, concupiscence, covetousness, craving, cupidity, desire, eroticism, excitement, fervor, greed, hunger, itch, lasciviousness, lechery, lewdness, libido, licentiousness, longing, prurience, pruriency, salaciousness, salacity, sensualism, sensuality, thirst, urge, wantonness, weakness, yen
“lust.” Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary. 2010.
Merriam-Webster Online. 2 June 2010
“lust.” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 01 Jun. 2010. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/lust>.