cupidity

[ kyoo-pid-i-tee ]
/ kyuˈpɪd ɪ ti /

noun

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

OTHER WORDS FROM cupidity

cu·pid·i·nous [kyoo-pid-n-uhs] /kyuˈpɪd n əs/, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for cupidity

cupidity
/ (kjuːˈpɪdɪtɪ) /

noun

strong desire, esp for possessions or money; greed

Word Origin for cupidity

C15: from Latin cupiditās, from cupidus eagerly desiring, from cupere to long for
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