Word of the Week: Concupiscent

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So, avuncular (unclelike), saturnine (sluggish), sybaritic (pleasure-loving), antediluvian (primitive), concomitant (accompanying), uxorious (fawning), lucubrate (laborious studying), vulpine (foxlike), fissiparous (fractious), skeuomorph (look it up yourself), obdurate (stubborn), syllepsis (zeugma), parlous (perilous), crepuscular (twilightlike) and how about… concupiscent?

Yes. Concupiscent. Cone-KEW-puh-sent.

What’s that you say? Concupiscent sure sounds Safe for Work? Well, that’s because you don’t know that Webster’s Fourth defines it as “strong desire or appetite, esp. sexual desire; lust.”

It still doesn’t sound dirty, you say? Did you know it comes between concubine and concur in the dictionary? What if I told you that concupiscent means exactly the same thing in French?

From the I-am-not-making-it-up Huffington Post Quebec:

À la télé, cest le retour des grands rendez-vous de téléréalité quon regarde lœil concupiscent un mot qui na jamais aussi bien porté son nom comme les magazines bon marché qui traînent chez le dentiste ou lostéopathe.*

via Pascal Henrard: OD aux joies sauvages.

Uh-huh. Now, ’at’s what Ah’m talkin’ ’bout.

Concupiscent is the adjective form of the noun concupiscence, derived from the Latin concupiscens. And it is almost always used to refer to N.S.F.W. activities. Though I think I encountered it in reference to a diner’s enthusiastic partaking of a large banquet; and there is no shortage of mostly-S.F.W. applications.

[Douglas] Sills is a devilishly handsome leading man so he is perfectly cast as the romantic, concupiscent, and erotic Gomez Addams.

via Theater review: The Addams Family at the Music Hall at Fair Park | www.pegasusnews.com | Dallas/Fort Worth.

Though, it is occasionally it is applied by killjoys. Observe:

For while the Christian call to chastity—meaning abstinence for the unmarried and non-concupiscent marriage necessarily male-female for others—is hardly central to the gospel, it is undoubtedly a part of it…

via Brian McLaren’s Liberal Christian Revival » First Thoughts | A First Things Blog.

Another common trait in the usage of this word is what I would call nuttsery. The examples I found bordered on the nonsensical and, to use another French word, blowhardesque. As in the Quebecker above, who acts like he is making a bold statement about reality television — but is in fact comparing them to outdated magazines.

Or this excerpt from a blindingly scatological article in the apparently serious publication, The Arkansas Times:

It’s a coarse, defiant Medean cry that moderately disturbs humans but will cause a concupiscent Limbaugh ram’s doodles to draw up almost to the point of inversion in the wink of an eye.

via Ribbon quest | Bob Lancaster | Arkansas news, politics, opinion, restaurants, music, movies and art.

* On TV, it’s the return of major rendezvous reality television we look at the lustful eye (a word that has never been better named) as cheap magazines lying around at the dentist or osteopath.