American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Excessively and culpably desirous of the possessions of another. See Synonyms at jealous.
- adj. Marked by extreme desire to acquire or possess: covetous of learning.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Very desirous; eager for acquisition: in a good sense: as, covetous of wisdom, virtue, or learning.
- Specifically, inordinately desirous; excessively eager to obtain and possess, especially in an unlawful or unjust way; carried away by avarice.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Archaic Very desirous; eager to obtain; -- used in a good sense.
- adj. Inordinately desirous; excessively eager to obtain and possess (esp. money); avaricious; -- in a bad sense.
- adj. showing extreme cupidity; painfully desirous of another's advantages
- adj. immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth
- From Middle English coveitous, from Anglo-Norman *cuveitus, from Medieval Latin as if *cupiditosus, from Latin cupiditas ("desire"); see covet. (Wiktionary)
“He that is not covetous, that is satisfied with a little, that regardeth not objects provoking lust, and that is as grave as the ocean, is known as a man of self-restraint.”
“If reason tells me, that it is more misery to be covetous than to be poor, as our language, by a peculiar significance of dialect, calls the covetous man the miserable man; and if I find that retaining my wealth,”
“God abhorreth; that is, he speaks well of a thief and an idolater; for so the scripture calls the covetous man, who makes his money his god, and his neighbour too; a wretch, who, under the mask of frugality, scarce ever has a penny ready for the poor, though never without his hundreds and his thousands of pounds ready for a purchase.”
“– Orlando, who cared very little what was thought of him in regard to Betty, rather humoured than denied the oblique charge; but endeavoured to lead the conversation towards Mrs Lennard, whom she called a covetous cross old frump; 'and as for that,' added the woman, 'she uses that sweet child, her niece as they call her, no better than a dog.”
“Elector, George, begins to be covetous, which is a sign of his death very shortly.”
“The fact that they were "covetous" is here stated as the reason why they derided him, or, as it is literally,”
“He put his arm round her, and stooping kissed her red lips with a kind of covetous passion.”
“Yet the covetous are admired, and people like Worfeus argue for “the sky’s the limit.””
“Nuclear blasts end the "covetous" grasping for goods in one hour.”
“The very first thing they do is to provide them with women, and these sell themselves for any gain, however slight "The natives are described as covetous and selfish, without neatness and not cleanly.”
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