- inordinately or wrongly desirous of wealth or possessions; greedy.
- eagerly desirous.
Origin of covetous
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1. grasping, rapacious.
1. See avaricious.
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- (usually postpositive and foll by of) jealously eager for the possession of something (esp the property of another person)
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Word Origin and History for non-covetous
mid-13c., from Old French coveitos (12c., Modern French convoiteux) "desirous, covetous," from Vulgar Latin *cupiditosus, from Latin cupiditas (see covet). Related: Covetously; covetousness.
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