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Sexual desire

Definition of the noun sexual desire

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  1. a desire for sexual intimacy


"Sexual Desire": Sexual Desire: A Philosophical Investigation is a 1986 book about the philosophy of sex by Roger Scruton.

  • language: English Language
  • genre: Philosophy
  • released in (29 years ago)


Sexual desire is a motivational state and an interest in “sexual objects or activities, or as a wish, need, or drive to seek out sexual objects or to engage in sexual activities”. Synonyms for sexual desire are libido, sexual drive, sexual motivation, sexual attraction, and lust. Sexual desire is an aspect of a person's sexuality, which varies significantly from one person to another, and also varies depending on circumstances at a particular time.

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Google previewThe SAGE Encyclopedia of Abnormal and Clinical Psychology (2017)

by Amy Wenzel

Sexual desire (sometimes referred to as “libido” in the past) is a psychological construct used to explain the probability or...

Low sexual desire, defined as a sexual dysfunction, first gained attention with the incorporation of “desire” as a critical ...

Google previewThe Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology (2010)

by Irving B. Weiner, W. Edward Craighead

Sexual desire is typically viewed as an interest in sexual objects or activities. Although sexual desire is often confused with sex drive, these are fundamentally different constructs. Whereas sex drive represents a basic, biologically mediated ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Social Psychology (2007)

by Roy F. Baumeister, Kathleen D. Vohs

Definition Sexual desire is typically viewed as an interest in sexual objects or activities. More precisely, it is the subjective feeling of wanting to engage in sex. Sexual desire is sometimes, but not always, accompanied by genital arousal ( such ...

Google previewEncyclopedia of Ethics: P-W (2001)

by Lawrence C. Becker, Charlotte B. Becker

Sexual desire, because it focuses on the body, is ever prone to the objectification of its target. As a powerful urge and hence motivator to manipulation and deception, sexual desire approaches another person as an instrument, without regard ...

Google previewThe Concise Corsini Encyclopedia of Psychology and Behavioral Science (2004)

by W. Edward Craighead, Charles B. Nemeroff

SEXUAL DESIRE SEXUAL DEVELOPMENT 881. education and information about dyspareunia, training in progressive muscle relaxation and abdominal breathing, Kegel exercises to train the patient to identify vaginal tenseness and ...

Google previewAmerican Medical Association Concise Medical Encyclopedia (2006)

by Martin S. Lipsky, M.D.

Sexual desire, inhibited An absence of normal sexual fantasies and desire for sexual activity that causes significant distress or difficulty in relationships. The lack ol desire may be lilelong (primary), or it ...

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A woman's appetite is twice that of a man's; her sexual desire, four times; her intelligence, eight times.
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