Saturday, 11 February 2012

Entry:    concupiscence (n.)

In context:   Dial C for Concupiscence

Definition:  Eager or vehement desire; in Theol. use (transl. πιθυμία of N.T.) the coveting of ‘carnal things’, desire for the ‘things of the world’.

Other:    I’m choosing this usage not for the actual sentence, but for the name of the work – which I find so humorous and charming that I’m not going to dispel any illusions I have by researching it further: 

1751    T. Smollett Peregrine Pickle II. lviii. 159   This scenedid not at all contribute to the cooling of his concupiscence.

SNOOT score:   2

Page:   992

Source:   Oxford English Dictionary

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