Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Covetousness; excessive desire for something, especially for acquiring wealth.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Avarice.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Covetousness; avarice; avaricious desire.

Etymologies

From Old French coveitise. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The second is of covetise, that is when the richesse of the world is set tofore heavenly things.

    The Golden Legend, vol. 5

  • Then said he, Weep not, for it was Satan and covetise that led you to do thus.

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • So he left him and drove the mule to the bazaar, where seated on a stool at the door of his storehouse he saw the Jew who spying the mule, cried, “In very sooth the man hath perished,” adding, “and naught undid him but covetise.”

    The Book of The Thousand Nights And A Night

  • But now pride, covetise, and envy have so inflamed the hearts of lords of the world, that they are more busy for to dis-herit their neighbours, more than for to challenge or to conquer their right heritage before-said.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • We be not in purpose to fulfil thy great covetise.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • And many of them were in habit of Christian men, but I trow well, that it were of such that went in for covetise of the treasure that was there, and had overmuch feebleness in the faith; so that their hearts ne might not endure in the belief for dread.

    The Travels of Sir John Mandeville

  • And where thou tookest the crown of gold thou sinnest in covetise and in theft: all this were no knightly deeds.

    Le Morte d'Arthur: Sir Thomas Malory's book of King Arthur and of his noble knights of the Round table

  • No sleep had Kasim all that night by reason of his envy and jealousy and covetise, and next morning he rose betimes and going to Ali Baba, said: "O my brother, to all appearance thou art poor and needy, but in effect thou hast a store of wealth so abundant that perforce thou must weigh thy gold with scales."

    Tehran Winter

  • Sherwood, which endears Robin to the popular heart of England: and we firmly believe that Shakspeare, when he went out poaching of a moonlight night, was more actuated by poetical precept and impulse than by any sensual covetise for the venison of old Sir Thomas Lucy.

    Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 61, No. 379, May, 1847

  • Covetise > Avarice (covetise = covetousness) 5 Through wasteful pride and wanton riotise, wasteful > causing ruin wanton riotise > wild extravagance, dissipation

    The Faerie Queene — Volume 01

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