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covet

[kuhv-it] /ˈkʌv ɪt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to desire wrongfully, inordinately, or without due regard for the rights of others:
to covet another's property.
2.
to wish for, especially eagerly:
He won the prize they all coveted.
verb (used without object)
3.
to have an inordinate or wrongful desire.
Origin of covet
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English coveiten < Anglo-French coveiter, Old French coveit(i)er < Vulgar Latin *cupidiētāre, verbal derivative of *cupidiētās, for Latin cupititās cupidity
Related forms
covetable, adjective
coveter, noun
covetingly, adverb
uncoveted, adjective
uncoveting, adjective
Synonyms
1. See envy.
Antonyms
1. renounce.
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  • They are scarcely so charming as the all needlework pictures, but still are delightful and covetable articles.

  • Competition was eager to secure this covetable literary memorial, which may one day become historical; it was knocked down at 25l.

    Thackerayana William Makepeace Thackeray
British Dictionary definitions for covetable

covet

/ˈkʌvɪt/
verb (transitive) -vets, -veting, -veted
1.
to wish, long, or crave for (something, esp the property of another person)
Derived Forms
covetable, adjective
coveter, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French coveitier, from coveitié eager desire, ultimately from Latin cupiditācupidity
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Word Origin and History for covetable

covet

v.

mid-13c., from Old French coveitier "covet, desire, lust after" (12c., Modern French convoiter, influenced by con- words), probably ultimately from Latin cupiditas "passionate desire, eagerness, ambition," from cupidus "very desirous," from cupere "long for, desire" (see cupidity). Related: Coveted; coveting.

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