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cupidity

[kyoo-pid-i-tee]
noun
  1. eager or excessive desire, especially to possess something; greed; avarice.
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Origin of cupidity

1400–50; late Middle English cupidite (< Middle French) < Latin cupiditās, equivalent to cupid(us) eager, desirous (cup(ere) to desire + -idus -id4) + -itās -ity
Related formscu·pid·i·nous [kyoo-pid-n-uhs] /kyuˈpɪd n əs/, adjective

Synonyms for cupidity

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Historical Examples of cupidinous

  • And his gifts were treated tepidly, though with cupidinous eyes.

    The Wind Bloweth

    Brian Oswald Donn-Byrne


British Dictionary definitions for cupidinous

cupidity

noun
  1. strong desire, esp for possessions or money; greed
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Word Origin for cupidity

C15: from Latin cupiditās, from cupidus eagerly desiring, from cupere to long for
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Word Origin and History for cupidinous

cupidity

n.

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."

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