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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.

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.

Synonym study

1. See avaricious.
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Examples from the Web for covetousness

Historical Examples

  • Dishonesty has its source in the covetousness and greed of the human heart.

    An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism

    Joseph Stump

  • In fact, such a deed might savour of jealousy and covetousness.

  • It was not covetousness altogether which had prompted him to do that; the reward was only an incident.

    Murder Point

    Coningsby Dawson

  • The covetousness or the malignity which saddens me when I ascribe it to society, is my own.

    Essays, Second Series

    Ralph Waldo Emerson

  • Envy and covetousness begat injustice, and injustice disloyalty.


British Dictionary definitions for covetousness

covetous

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

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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