Definition of lust noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//lʌst//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lʌst//
    (often disapproving) [uncountable, countable] Romance, Love
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  1. 1lust (for somebody) very strong sexual desire, especially when love is not involved Their affair was driven by pure lust. See related entries: Romance, Love
  2. 2lust (for something) very strong desire for something or enjoyment of something to satisfy his lust for power She has a real lust for life (= she really enjoys life). see also bloodlust
  3. Word OriginOld English (also in the sense ‘pleasure, delight’), of Germanic origin; related to Dutch lust and German Lust.Extra examples He used her just to sate his lust. She felt no lust whatsoever for him. She was driven by a lust for power. The ogre demanded the annual sacrifice of a young village lass to satisfy his blood lust. a relationship based on pure lust
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