(Lus"she*burgh) n. A spurious coin of light weight imported into England from Luxemburg, or Lussheburgh, as it was formerly called. [Obs.]

God wot, no Lussheburghes payen ye.

(Lust) n. [AS. lust, lust, pleasure, longing; akin to OS., D., G., & Sw. lust, Dan. & Icel. lyst, Goth lustus, and perh. tom Skr. lush to desire, or to E. loose. Cf. List to please, Listless.]

1. Pleasure. [Obs.] " Lust and jollity." Chaucer.

2. Inclination; desire. [Obs.]

For little lust had she to talk of aught.

My lust to devotion is little.
Bp. Hall.

3. Longing desire; eagerness to possess or enjoy; — in a had sense; as, the lust of gain.

The lust of reigning.

4. Licentious craving; sexual appetite. Milton.

5. Hence: Virility; vigor; active power. [Obs.] Bacon.

(Lust) v. i. [imp. & p. p. Lusted; p. pr. & vb. n. Lusting.] [AS. lystan. See Lust, n., and cf. List to choose.]

1. To list; to like. [Obs.] Chaucer. " Do so if thou lust. " Latimer.

In earlier usage lust was impersonal.

In the water vessel he it cast
When that him luste.

2. To have an eager, passionate, and especially an inordinate or sinful desire, as for the gratification of the sexual appetite or of covetousness; — often with after.

Whatsoever thy soul lusteth after.
Deut. xii. 15.

Whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her, hath committed adultery with her already in his heart.
Matt. v. 28.

The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy.
James iv. 5.

(Lust"er) n. One who lusts.

(Lus"ter Lus"tre) n. [L. lustrum: cf. F. lustre.] A period of five years; a lustrum.

Both of us have closed the tenth luster.

(Lus"ter, Lus"tre), n. [F. lustre; cf. It. lustro; both fr. L. lustrare to purify, go about traverse, survey, illuminate, fr. lustrum a purificatory sacrifice; perh. akin to E. loose. But lustrare to illuminate is perh. a different word, and akin to L. lucere to be light or clear, to shine. See Lucid, and cf. Illustrious, Lustrum.]

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