covetous

[kuhv-i-tuhs]
adjective
1.
inordinately or wrongly desirous of wealth or possessions; greedy.
2.
eagerly desirous.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English coveitous < Anglo-French, Old French; see covet, -ous

covetously, adverb
covetousness, noun
noncovetous, adjective
noncovetously, adverb
noncovetousness, noun
overcovetous, adjective
overcovetously, adverb
overcovetousness, noun
uncovetous, adjective
uncovetously, adverb
uncovetousness, noun


1. grasping, rapacious. See avaricious.
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covetous (ˈkʌvɪtəs)
 
adj (and foll by of)
jealously eager for the possession of something (esp the property of another person)
 
'covetously
 
adv
 
'covetousness
 
n

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covetous
c.1300, from O.Fr. coveitus, from L. *cupiditosus, from cupiditas (see covet). Related: Covetousness (late 15c.).
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Covetousness definition


a strong desire after the possession of worldly things (Col. 3:5; Eph. 5:5; Heb. 13:5; 1 Tim. 6:9, 10; Matt. 6:20). It assumes sometimes the more aggravated form of avarice, which is the mark of cold-hearted worldliness.

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Example sentences
The reason is that the novel is really about a timeless human vice:
  covetousness.
Only those consumed with jealousy and covetousness could support such an
  immoral piece of legislation.
The covetousness they inspire serves their twin goals of making money and
  preserving the status quo.
Envy, jealousy, covetousness and resentment are not the reactions of people of
  good will.
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