Lust v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lusted; p. pr. & vb. n. Lusting.]
1. To list; to like. [Obs.] --Chaucer. “ Do so if thou lust. ”
Note: ☞ In earlier usage lust was impersonal.
In the water vessel he it cast
When that him luste. --Chaucer.
2. To have an eager, passionate, and especially an inordinate or sinful desire, as for the gratification of the sexual appetite or of covetousness; -- often with after.
Whatsoever thy soul lusteth after. --Deut. xii. 15.
Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery with her already in his heart. --Matt. v. 28.
The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy. --James iv. 5.
1. Pleasure. [Obs.] “ Lust and jollity.”
2. Inclination; desire. [Obs.]
For little lust had she to talk of aught. --Spenser.
My lust to devotion is little. --Bp. Hall.
3. Longing desire; eagerness to possess or enjoy; -- in a had sense; as, the lust of gain.
The lust of reigning.
4. Licentious craving; a strong sexual appetite.
5. Hence: Virility; vigor; active power. [Obs.]
n 1: a strong sexual desire [syn: lecherousness, lustfulness]
2: self-indulgent sexual desire (personified as one of the
deadly sins) [syn: luxuria]
v : have a craving, appetite, or great desire for [syn: crave,
hunger, thirst, starve]
sinful longing; the inward sin which leads to the falling away
from God (Rom. 1:21). "Lust, the origin of sin, has its place in
the heart, not of necessity, but because it is the centre of all
moral forces and impulses and of spiritual activity." In Mark
4:19 "lusts" are objects of desire.