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May 25, 2011
This week's theme
Words to describe people

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tyro
reactionary
concupiscent
callow
panjandrum

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with Anu Garg

concupiscent

PRONUNCIATION:
(kon-KYOO-pih-suhnt)

MEANING:
adjective: Lustful; libidinous.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin concupiscentia, from concupiscere (to desire ardently), from con- (intensive prefix) + cupere (to desire). Earliest documented use: around 1450.

USAGE:
"The woman in the centre of the picture is a member of Gaddafi's cohort of female bodyguards, a policy no doubt admired by the famously concupiscent Italian PM."
The World Through a Lens; The Observer (London, UK); Jun 14, 2009.

"I doubt even Mosiuoa Lekota would wish to emulate another concupiscent ruler from times past, one Solomon, who, we are told, had 700 official wives and 300 concubines. One can only wonder how much time old King Sol had left for his official duties."
Andrea Meeson; Cadres and Concubines a Great Show; Sunday Independent (South Africa); Apr 12, 2009.

See more usage examples of concupiscent in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Men, said the Devil, / are good to their brothers: / they don't want to mend / their own ways, but each other's. -Piet Hein, poet and scientist (1905-1996)

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