- eager or excessive desire, especially to possess something; greed; avarice.
Origin of cupidity
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Examples from the Web for cupidinous
And his gifts were treated tepidly, though with cupidinous eyes.The Wind Bloweth
Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne
- strong desire, esp for possessions or money; greed
Word Origin and History for cupidinous
mid-15c., from Anglo-French cupidite, Middle French cupidité, from Latin cupiditatem (nominative cupiditas) "passionate desire, lust; ambition," from cupidus "eager, passionate," from cupere "to desire" (perhaps cognate with Sanskrit kupyati "bubbles up, becomes agitated," Old Church Slavonic kypeti "to boil," Lithuanian kupeti "to boil over"). Despite the primarily erotic sense of the Latin word, in English cupidity originally, and still especially, means "desire for wealth."