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covetous

[kuhv-i-tuh s]
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adjective
  1. inordinately or wrongly desirous of wealth or possessions; greedy.
  2. eagerly desirous.
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Origin of covetous

1250–1300; Middle English coveitous < Anglo-French, Old French; see covet, -ous
Related formscov·et·ous·ly, adverbcov·et·ous·ness, nounnon·cov·et·ous, adjectivenon·cov·et·ous·ly, adverbnon·cov·et·ous·ness, nouno·ver·cov·et·ous, adjectiveo·ver·cov·et·ous·ly, adverbo·ver·cov·et·ous·ness, nounun·cov·et·ous, adjectiveun·cov·et·ous·ly, adverbun·cov·et·ous·ness, noun

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1. grasping, rapacious.

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1. See avaricious.
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covetous

adjective
  1. (usually postpositive and foll by of) jealously eager for the possession of something (esp the property of another person)
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Derived Formscovetously, adverbcovetousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for covetous

adj.

mid-13c., from Old French coveitos (12c., Modern French convoiteux) "desirous, covetous," from Vulgar Latin *cupiditosus, from Latin cupiditas (see covet). Related: Covetously; covetousness.

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