Lust and infatuation are two similar terms that present unreal states of sexual desire or love. While lust refers to a state or an act of having a sexual desire toward another, infatuation can be said to be a state of folly, when one is being infatuated into a system or passion (especially love) in such a way that the person is not really acting in his or her real senses. Though lust is mostly used for sexual desires, it can also be used to refer to some other things that seem materialistic.
For example, Lust after money, which means one strong appetite for money. Lust for power means a state whereby someone has a strong appetite for power. Lust can be considered as a sin, this is because it involves illegal, fatal, or even ungodly things to achieve its passion. Infatuation, on the other hand, refers to a short term attraction towards something or someone due to a particular agent of attraction like appearance, walk, expression and many more.
Lust and Infatuation are like the two sides of the same coin; however, quite similar in the sense that they can both be displayed towards an individual of the opposite sex. The following are the differences between Lust and Infatuation: a. Lust is an illicit, intense, or uncontrolled sexual desire or appetite. The list is not only used for sexual desire, but it is also the fierce hunger, passions, and cravings for things considered to be materialistic in society. Infatuation refers to momentary emotional or physical attraction towards someone you like: their mannerisms, their physical appearance, and the way they talk or walk.
It is only limited to a person. b. Lust is sometimes mistaken to be loved as a result of the intense passion associated with it. It is conditional; the condition being attaining something (Money, power, and fame) or someone at all costs. Infatuation is for a short period and is almost erased from the memory after you find someone else to direct your feelings towards. Infatuation could also be directed to an unknown person.