- eager or excessive desire, especially to possess something; greed; avarice.
Origin of cupidity
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Examples from the Web for cupidity
A new look flashed into her eyes, not cupidity, but purpose.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Romance, more than cupidity, is what attracts the gold-brick investor.Wild Justice: Stories of the South Seas
“I am that,” exclaimed the other, with a gleam of cupidity in his shifty eyes.The Golden Woman
He was about to let her carry out her threat if she saw fit when his cupidity overcame him.The Harbor of Doubt
The curses of Heaven light on the cupidity that has destroyed such a race.The Pioneers
James Fenimore Cooper
- strong desire, esp for possessions or money; greed
Word Origin and History for cupidity
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."