from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Excessive desire, especially for wealth; covetousness or avarice.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Extreme greed, especially for wealth.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A passionate desire; love.
- n. Eager or inordinate desire, especially for wealth; greed of gain; avarice; covetousness.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An eager desire to possess something; inordinate desire; immoderate craving, especially for wealth or power; greed.
- n. Specifically, sexual love.
- n. Synonyms Covetousness, Cupidity, etc. (see avarice), craving, hankering, grasping, lust for wealth, etc.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. extreme greed for material wealth
To suggest, as your comment seems to, that ALL opposition to the stimulus bill must be based upon Republican cupidity is simply silly but typical of the hysteria being used to sell this ill considered and destructive indulgence. zyxw Says:
The immense quantities of wild fowl and animal and bird life along the shores astonished them; but what most aroused their cupidity was the enormous supply of furs, especially beaver and otter, that could be obtained from the Indians.
When the object is absent, or, like God, not as present as it may become, the tending, advancing, aspiring movement is called a love of desire, that is, the cupidity of what we have not but hope to have.
The love of God for his own sake which is necessary for eternal life belongs exclusively to the supreme degree of the superior reason, but the Saint teaches (as Bossuet has clearly shown against Fénélon) that there is a reasonable, high love of cupidity, that is, a love of God as good to us, even in the highest degree and supreme point of the spirit.
But his cupidity was the stronger feeling, and Raleigh was sent with fourteen ships to the coasts of South America.
This is perhaps the primary reason that capitalism is _inherently_ an immoral system; not simply because it contributes to inequality and immiseration (which it does) but because in its own way, it aggravates vices such as cupidity, greed, and the libido dominandi.
This colorless face expressed patience, commercial shrewdness, and the sort of wily cupidity which is needful in business.
I do not come here to ask your favors, such as cupidity would covet, or even such as would relieve indigence -- Marat's widow needs no more than a tomb.
If Pat had been paying attention (and as Pat usually does, I can only count this as 'cupidity' on his part), he might also have mentioned that
English borrowed this as "cupidity," which originally in the 15th century was synonymous with