Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Excessive desire, especially for wealth; covetousness or avarice.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An eager desire to possess something; inordinate desire; immoderate craving, especially for wealth or power; greed.
  • noun Specifically, sexual love.
  • noun Synonyms Covetousness, Cupidity, etc. (see avarice), craving, hankering, grasping, lust for wealth, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete A passionate desire; love.
  • noun Eager or inordinate desire, especially for wealth; greed of gain; avarice; covetousness.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Extreme greed, especially for wealth.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun extreme greed for material wealth

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English cupidite, from Old French, from Latin cupiditās, from cupidus, desiring, from cupere, to desire.]

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From French cupidité, from Latin cupiditās ("strong desire"), from cupidus ("keen, desirous"). Compare Cupid.

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  • cupidity: greed

    cupido: deity that provokes love among humans.

    January 30, 2008

  • Citation at cleansed.

    December 14, 2008

  • n. Excessive desire, especially for wealth; covetousness or avarice.

    August 28, 2013