lust

Lust is a strong craving for sex. It also can mean a hunger for anything, like lust for power.

While lust isn't a dirty word, it is a strong word. You don't have lust for something you don't really care about. Lust is a strong, powerful desire, whether it's a noun or verb: you lust for things you deeply crave. Someone greedy lusts for money. Someone gluttonous lusts for food. The most basic meaning of lust is an unquenchable desire for sex, but people lust for all sorts of things.

Definitions of lust
  1. noun
    a strong sexual desire
    synonyms: lecherousness, lustfulness
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    type of:
    concupiscence, eros, physical attraction, sexual desire
    a desire for sexual intimacy
  2. noun
    self-indulgent sexual desire (personified as one of the deadly sins)
    synonyms: luxuria
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    type of:
    deadly sin, mortal sin
    an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace
  3. verb
    have a craving, appetite, or great desire for
    synonyms: crave, hunger, starve, thirst
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    type of:
    desire, want
    feel or have a desire for; want strongly
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