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Saturday, November 13, 1999

Definitions for cupidity

  1. eager or excessive desire, especially to possess something; greed; avarice.

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Citations for cupidity
"Now Jonah's Captain, shipmates, was one whose discernment detects crime in any way, but whose cupidity exposes it only in the penniless. In this world, shipmates, sin that pays its way can travel freely…" Herman Melville, Moby Dick, 1851
But the chevaux-de-frise of branches now lay within reach of his arm, and the very appearance of precaution it presented, as it announced the value of the effects it encircled, tempted his cupidity, and induced him to proceed. James Fenimore Cooper, The Prairie, 1827
Origin of cupidity
late Middle English
1400-1450
Cupidity can be traced to the Latin word cupidus meaning "eager, desirous" from the Latin verb cupere "to desire."