Latin Root: Desire
Dear Latin Teacher,
I was wondering what is the Latin root for desire?
There are many kinds of desire. Need, longing, lust, craving, and Latin has several words to meet the diversity of meanings.
Straight up Desire (Love, wish, longing, passion; lust; greed, appetite; desire for gain; all of it!) = CUPIDO, CUPIDINIS. The Latin root noun cupido means all kinds of desire. It is also the name of that cute little arrow-shooting son of Venus, aka Eros. The corresponding verb is CUPERE.
Longing, pining away: DESIDERARE is a Latin root verb meaning to long for, to wish for, to miss. Use it to describe that feeling of longing when someone you love is away.
Lusting: LIBIDO, LIBIDINIS is a Latin root noun meaning desire, lust, wantonness, pleasure, passion. Yes, this is your libido, same word used in Enlgish.
Craving: AVIDITAS, AVIDITATIS is Latin root noun meaning desire, greed, covetousness, appetite, even gluttony. Use it to describe those desires that maybe shouldn't be persued.
Hope this helps, and thanks for asking a Latin teacher.
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