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desire

Roget category 865

6. Words relating to the sentient and moral
6.2. Personal affections
›› 6.2.3. Prospective affections

#865. Desire

noun

desire, wish, fancy, fantasywant, need, exigency.
mind, inclination, leaning, bent, animus, partiality, penchant, predilectionpropensity etc. 820willingness etc. 602liking, love, fondness, relish.
longing, hankering, inklingsolicitude, anxietyyearning, covetingaspiration, ambition, vaulting ambitioneagerness, zeal, ardor, empressement [Fr.], breathless impatience, overanxietyimpetuosity, etc. 825.
appetite, appetition, appetence, appetencysharp appetite, keenness, hunger, stomach, twist thirst, thirstinessdrouth, mouthwateringitch, itchingprurience, cacoethes [Lat.], cupidity, lust, concupiscence.
edge of appetite, edge of hungertorment of Tantalussweet tooth, lickerish toothitching palmlonging eye, wistful eye, sheep's eye.
[excessive desire for money] greed etc. 817.1. voracity etc. (gluttony) 957.
passion, rage, furore, mania, manieinextinguishable desiredipsomania, kleptomania.
[Person who desires] lover, amateur, votary, devotee, aspirant, solicitant, candidate, applicant, supplicantcormorant etc. 957.
[Object of desire] desideratumwant etc. (requirement) 630a consummation devoutly to be wished —" attraction, magnet, allurement, fancy, temptation, seduction, fascination, prestige, height of one's ambition, idolwhim, whimsy, whimseymaggothobby, hobby-horse.
Fortunatus's capwishing cap, wishing stone, wishing well.

verb

desirewish, wish forbe desirous etc. adj.. have a longing etc. n. — hope etc. 858.
care for, affect, like, listtake to, cling to, take a fancy to fancyprefer etc. (choose) 609.
have an eye, have a mind tofind it in one's heart etc. (be willing) 602have a fancy for, set one's eyes uponcast a sheep's eye upon, look sweet upontake into one's head, have at heart, be bent uponset one's cap at, set one's heart upon, set one's mind uponcovet.
want, miss, need, feel the want of, would fain have, would fain dowould be glad of.
be hungry etc. adj. — have a good appetite, play a good knife and forkhunger after, thirst after, crave after, lust after, itch after, hanker after, run mad afterraven for, die forburn to.
desideratesigh for, cry for, gape for, gasp for, pine for, pant for, languish for, yearn for, long, be on thorns for, hope foraspire aftercatch at, grasp at, jump at.
woo, court, solicitfish for, spell for, whistle for, put up forogle.
cause desire, create desire, raise desire, excite desire, provoke desirewhet the appetiteappetize, titillate, allure, attract, take one's fancy, tempthold out temptation, hold out allurementtantalize, make one's mouth water, faire venir l'eau a la bouche [Fr.].
gratify desire etc. (give pleasure) 829.

adjective

desirousdesiring etc. v. — inclined etc. (willing) 602partial tofain, wishful, optativeanxious, wistful, curiousat a loss for, sedulous, solicitous.
craving, hungry, sharp-set, peckish, ravening, with an empty stomach, esurient, lickerish, thirsty, athirst, parched with thirst, pinched with hunger, famished, dry, drouthyhungry as a hunter, hungry as a hawk, hungry as a horse, hungry as a church mouse, hungry as a bear.
[excessively desirous] greedy etc. 817.1. unsatisfied, unsated, unslakedunsaturated.
eager, avid, keenburning, fervent, ardentagogall agog breathlessimpatient etc. (impetuous) 825bent on, intent on, set on, bent upon, intent upon, set uponmad after, enrage, rabid, dying for, devoured by desire.
aspiring, ambitious, vaulting, skyaspiring, high-reaching.
desirabledesired etc. v. — in demandpleasing etc. (giving pleasure) 829appetizing, appetibletantalizing.

adverb

wistfully etc. adj. — fain.

interjection

would that, would that it were!, O for!, esto perpetual [Lat.]

phrase

the wish being father to the thoughtsua cuique voluptas [Lat.]hoc erat in votis [Lat.], the mouth watering, the fingers itchingaut Caesar aut nullus [Lat.].
Cassius has a lean and hungry look" [Julius Caesar]; hungry as the grave" [Thomson]; I was born to other things" [Tennyson]; not what we wish but what we want" [Merrick]; such joy ambition finds" [Paradise Lost]; the sea hath bounds but deep desire hath none" [Venus and Adonis]; ubi mel ibi apes [Lat.].



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