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cupidity

[kyoo-pid-i-tee] /kyuˈpɪd ɪ ti/
noun
1.
eager or excessive desire, especially to possess something; greed; avarice.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English cupidite (< Middle French) < Latin cupiditās, equivalent to cupid(us) eager, desirous (cup(ere) to desire + -idus -id4) + -itās -ity
Related forms
cupidinous
[kyoo-pid-n-uh s] /kyuˈpɪd n əs/ (Show IPA),
adjective
Synonyms
covetousness, avidity, hunger, acquisitiveness.
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cupidity

/kjuːˈpɪdɪtɪ/
noun
1.
strong desire, esp for possessions or money; greed
Word Origin
C15: from Latin cupiditās, from cupidus eagerly desiring, from cupere to long for
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Word Origin and History for cupidity
n.

mid-15c., from Anglo-French cupidite, Middle French cupidité, from Latin cupiditatem (nominative cupiditas) "passionate desire, lust; ambition," from cupidus "eager, passionate," from cupere "to desire" (perhaps cognate with Sanskrit kupyati "bubbles up, becomes agitated," Old Church Slavonic kypeti "to boil," Lithuanian kupeti "to boil over"). Despite the primarily erotic sense of the Latin word, in English cupidity originally, and still especially, means "desire for wealth."

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