desire, or appetite, especially a self-indulgent desire to possess or enjoy; to crave. Saint Augustine (AD 353-430) associated sexual lust with the original sin of Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden; lust had transformed the innocent procreative instinct, instilled in humanity by God, into sin. Following their fall from grace, Adam and Eve cloaked their nakedness with fig leaves. In the Renaissance, lustless meant impotent and a sudden urge of sexual excitement was called an insurrection of lust. In his humorous dictionary The Penthouse Sexicon (1968), Frederic Mullally defined LOVE: ' What makes the world go round.' versus LUST: ' What makes the heels go round.'
SYNONYMS, QUASI-SYNONYMS AND RELATED TERMS: aphrodisia; appetence; appetite; appetition; ardor veneris; carnal desire; carnality; coitolimia; concupiscence; craving; eroticism; estrus; heat; horniness; hunger; lechery; lewdness; libidinal craving; libido; licentiousness; lickerishness; longing; lust; lustfulness; passion; prurience; pruriency; restlessness; rut; salaciousness; salacity; sensualism; sensuality; sensuous desire; wantonness; zazzle.
ANTONYMS: anaphrodisia (anaphrodesia); sexual anesthesia; sexual defluvium; sexual inappetence.
(1) Tillie Seltzer (Carol Burnett) and husband Pete (Walter Matthau) in Pete 'n' Tillie (1972):
-- Tillie: ' When I think of all the times I was so irritated with you yet, right now, I don't think I ever loved you more.'
-- Pete: ' Well, love without irritation is just lust.'
(2) The cynical Squire Jons (Gunnar Bjornstrand) to blacksmith Plog (Ake Fridell) who is looking for his unfaithfull wife in The Seventh Seal (1957): ' Haven't you learned by now that love is just another word for lust? '
2. Obsolescent in the sense of sinful sexual feelings between unmarried persons of the opposite sex (sexual desire between married people is natural; lust is sinful) or between persons of the same gender.
(2) James (V. 5): ' The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy.'
(3) Geoffrey Chaucer: ' In the water vessel he it cast When that him luste.'
3. An intense or overwhelming desire or craving. The lust for power.
wanting somebody based on the way they look, and the want for intimacy.
2. An attraction to the body of another