cupidity

[kyoo-pid-i-tee]
noun
eager or excessive desire, especially to possess something; greed; avarice.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English cupidite (< Middle French) < Latin cupiditās, equivalent to cupid(us) eager, desirous (cup(ere) to desire + -idus -id4) + -itās -ity

cupidinous [kyoo-pid-n-uhs] , adjective


covetousness, avidity, hunger, acquisitiveness.
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cupidity (kjuːˈpɪdɪtɪ)
 
n
strong desire, esp for possessions or money; greed
 
[C15: from Latin cupiditās, from cupidus eagerly desiring, from cupere to long for]

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cupidity
mid-15c., from Anglo-Fr. cupidite, from M.Fr. cupidité, from L. cupiditas "passionate desire," from cupidus "eager, passionate," from cupere "to desire" (perhaps cognate with Skt. kupyati "bubbles up, becomes agitated," O.Slav. kypeti "to boil," Lith. kupeti "to boil over"). Despite the erotic
sense of the Latin word, in English cupidity originally, and still especially, means "desire for wealth."
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