- inordinately or wrongly desirous of wealth or possessions; greedy.
- eagerly desirous.
Origin of covetous
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Examples from the Web for covetousness
Dishonesty has its source in the covetousness and greed of the human heart.An Explanation of Luther's Small Catechism
In fact, such a deed might savour of jealousy and covetousness.The Three Cities Trilogy, Complete
It was not covetousness altogether which had prompted him to do that; the reward was only an incident.Murder Point
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.The Legacy of Greece
- (usually postpositive and foll by of) jealously eager for the possession of something (esp the property of another person)
Word Origin and History for covetousness
mid-13c., from Old French coveitos (12c., Modern French convoiteux) "desirous, covetous," from Vulgar Latin *cupiditosus, from Latin cupiditas (see covet). Related: Covetously; covetousness.