Word of the day: Lust

Lust:

Pronunciation: \?l?st\
Function: noun
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>

–noun

1.

intense sexual desire or appetite.
2.

uncontrolled or illicit sexual desire or appetite; lecherousness.
3.

a passionate or overmastering desire or craving (usually fol. by for ): a lust for power.
4.

ardent enthusiasm; zest; relish: an enviable lust for life.
5.

Obsolete .

a.

pleasure or delight.
b.

desire; inclination; wish.
–verb (used without object)

6.

to have intense sexual desire.
7.

to have a yearning or desire; have a strong or excessive craving (often fol. by for  or after ).
Origin:
bef. 900;  ME luste,  OE lust;  c. D, G lust  pleasure, desire; akin to ON lyst  desire; see list4
Synonyms:
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
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“lust.” Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. 01 Jun. 2010. <Dictionary.com http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/lust>.

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