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I would like to know where the word lust originally came from. It's original meaning.
Submitted by Sue Bleau (Columbia - U.S.A.)
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Lust is based in a common Teutonic word, and can be found in German, Dutch, Danish, etc. The immediate root is Anglo-Saxon 'lust'. The ultimate etymology, i.e. a root meaning of lust itself, remains unexplained.
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