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[kuhv-i-tuh s] /ˈkʌv ɪ təs/
inordinately or wrongly desirous of wealth or possessions; greedy.
eagerly desirous.
Origin of covetous
1250-1300; Middle English coveitous < Anglo-French, Old French; see covet, -ous
Related forms
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. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for covetousness
  • 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.
  • And sometimes the presenters' covetousness was clear.
  • The good padre preached to no purpose against the sin of covetousness, until his parish was almost brought to distress and famine.
  • Charity gives itself rich, covetousness hoards itself poor.
  • His face plainly expressed the conflict going on in his mind between covetousness and the claims of hospitality.
British Dictionary definitions for covetousness


(usually postpositive) and foll by of. jealously eager for the possession of something (esp the property of another person)
Derived Forms
covetously, adverb
covetousness, noun
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Word Origin and History for covetousness



mid-13c., from Old French coveitos (12c., Modern French convoiteux) "desirous, covetous," from Vulgar Latin *cupiditosus, from Latin cupiditas (see covet). Related: Covetously; covetousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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covetousness in the Bible

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.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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