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consumed by desire

Completely absorbed and controlled by one's passion or lust for something or someone. Jonathan found himself consumed by desire to be with Stephen, such that he could no longer pay attention in class. Many men, consumed by desire for a woman, have committed atrocious and sometimes bizarre acts of depravity. Consumed by his desire to rule the world, the dictator was blind to the mutiny of his advisors.
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earthly desires

Desires for tangible things (such as wealth, property, or other material goods) or for pleasures of the body (such as sexual activity, gluttony, or other hedonistic pursuits). Buddhism teaches us to try to let go of our earthly desires, freeing our minds and bodies for a state of enlightenment. Because our earthly desires are a reflection of our sins, we should shun them if we wish to receive God's light.
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worldly desires

Desires for tangible things (such as wealth, property, or other material goods) or for pleasures of the body (such as sexual activity, gluttony, or other hedonistic pursuits). Buddhism teaches us to try to let go of our worldly desires, freeing our minds and bodies for a state of enlightenment. Because our worldly desires are a reflection of our sins, we should shun them if we wish to receive God's light.
See also: desire, worldly

(one's) heart's desire

Something one very much wants or needs. After my six-month tour in Iraq, my heart's desire is just to see my husband again.
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to (one's) heart's desire

As much as or to the point that one wants; to the point of contentment, satiety, or surfeit. I've made plenty of food for everyone, so please eat to your heart's desire.
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leave much to be desired

To be very inadequate or unsatisfactory; to lack a large amount of what is desired or required. The film has a very interesting premise, but the final product leaves much to be desired. I wasn't expecting a huge amount from a budget hostel, but this place leaves much to be desired nonetheless.
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leave a great deal to be desired

To be very inadequate or unsatisfactory; to lack a large amount of what is desired or required. The film has a very interesting premise, but the final product leaves a great deal to be desired. I wasn't expecting a huge amount from a budget hostel, but this place leaves a great deal to be desired nonetheless.
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leave lots to be desired

To be very inadequate or unsatisfactory; to lack a large amount of what is desired or required. The film has a very interesting premise, but the final product leaves lots to be desired. I wasn't expecting a huge amount from a budget hostel, but this place leaves lots to be desired nonetheless.
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yearning desire

A deep longing. I want to see as much as I can on my trip to England because I've always had a yearning desire to go there.
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leave a lot to be desired

To be very inadequate or unsatisfactory; to lack a large amount of what is desired or required. The film has a very interesting premise and a story that has quite a bit of potential, but the final product leaves a lot to be desired. I wasn't expecting a huge amount from a budget hostel, but this place leaves a lot to be desired nonetheless.
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desires are nourished by delays

One's interest in something will grow as one waits for it. A: "Ugh, I still haven't heard back from the recruiter at my dream job." B: "At least desires are nourished by delays."
See also: delay, desire, nourish

leave something to be desired

To be somewhat inadequate or unsatisfactory; to lack an indeterminate portion of what is desired or required. The film has a very interesting premise, but the final product leaves something to be desired. I wasn't expecting a huge amount from a budget hostel, but this place leaves something to be desired nonetheless.
See also: desire, leave, something

Desires are nourished by delays.

Prov. The longer you have to wait for something you want, the more eager you will be to get it. The longer I had to postpone my trip to San Francisco, the more eagerly I wanted to go. Desires are nourished by delays.
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leave a lot to be desired

Cliché to be lacking something important; to be inadequate. (A polite way of saying that something is bad.) This report leaves a lot to be desired. I'm sorry to have to fire you, Mary, but your work leaves a lot to be desired.
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leave a lot to be desired

Also, leave a great deal or much to be desired . Be imperfect or unsatisfactory. For example, His account of the election leaves a lot to be desired. This usage can also be put in a more positive way, that is, leave nothing to be desired, meaning "to be perfectly satisfactory," as in His account leaves nothing to be desired. [Late 1700s]
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your heart's desire

LITERARY
If someone or something is your heart's desire, you want that person or thing very much. Note: The heart is traditionally regarded as the centre of the emotions. He was extremely dishonest in his efforts to achieve his heart's desire.
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your heart's desire

someone or something that is greatly wished for.
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leave much (or a lot) to be desired

be highly unsatisfactory.
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leave a lot, much, etc. to be deˈsired

not be good enough: Your standard of work has gone down. In fact it leaves a great deal to be desired.The acting in some of those early movies left much to be desired.
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For apparentists share Socrates' intuition that desiring refers to an experience of attraction of the sort which moves one to act.
If he had, he would never have agreed when Socrates pointed out that desiring requires taking the object to be good.
Socrates' message to Polus and Meno is that, insofar as what seems good and what is good come apart, their desiring is awry.
65) The shape of my desire--its growth--is, then, a record of my progress in desiring.
16) Socrates expresses the idea of desiring the good using a variety of words/expressions: he describes the good as proper to everyone (Lysis 222c4: [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]), and people as going toward (Protagoras 358c7: [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]; Protagoras 358d2: [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]) or pursuing it (Republic 505d11: [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]; Gorgias 468b: [TEXT NOT REPRODUCIBLE IN ASCII]).
But within the ideological framework of Cullen's perception of Christianity, Jim's desiring and desirable body, with its seemingly inexorable thrust toward sexual consummation, presents the central problem for Christian longsuffering.
As with "Heritage" the body of a young male is the only desiring and desirable body in the poem.
By this accounting, Jim would become the fully realized, rebellious, and desiring Black Christ that is desperately longed for at the end of "Heritage.
It may be that being disposed to feel pleasure upon realizing that [Phi] is sufficient for counting as desiring [Phi].
We avoid this problem because (b) does not make taking pleasure in the realization that a necessary means to [Phi] has been taken necessary for desiring [Phi].
However, this analogy does not suggest that I am irrational, as there is nothing obviously irrational about desiring what you believe to be impossible.
Green smothers what appears to be a brief moment of experiencing herself as a desiring subject.
Larsen thus depicts mirrored forms of oppression: A racist society that cuts Helga off from experiencing her sexuality reflects the racist mother whose inability to recognize her African American daughter deprives her of access to herself as a desiring subject.
The complex, desiring Melanctha "wanders" both for knowledge and for sex.