A Word A Day : Concupiscent

Monday, 14th January 2008 : Today's Word is ...


( Adjective )

Pronunciation : kon-kyopiss'-nss

1. powerful of feelings of physical desire ( formal )

2. vigorously passionate

3. eagerly desirous

4. lustful or sensual


14th century - Via French - late Latin concupiscentia - concupiscere - start longing for - cupere - to desire


amative, amatory, amorous, aphrodisiac, bawdy, blue, carnal, concupiscent, dirty, earthy, erogenous, fervid, filthy, fleshly, hot, impassioned, kinky, lascivious, lecherous, lewd, obscene, off-color, prurient, purple, raunchy, raw, romantic, rousing, salacious, seductive, sensual, spicy, steamy, stimulating, suggestive, titillating, venereal, voluptuous


Erotic means giving sexual pleasure or sexually arousing, while exotic means being or from or characteristic of another place or part of the world or strikingly strange or unusual.


anaphrodisiac, bland, dull, frigid, unerotic, unsexy

Contextual Examples:

• The principles of definition, the law of contradiction, the fallacy of arguing in a circle, the distinction between the essence and accidents of a thing or notion, between means and ends, between causes and conditions; also the division of the mind into the rational, concupiscent, and irascible elements, or of pleasures and desires into necessary and unnecessary - these and other great forms of thought are all of them to be found in the Republic, and were probably first invented by Plato.

• Is it not better to fall into the hands of a murderer, than into the dreams of a concupiscent woman?

Related Words:

concupiscence: Noun

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