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Webster

English Word:

covetous


English Pronunciation:

cov•et•ous


Noun:


⇨Etymology

(Old French) coveitos, (French) convoiteux. See Covet, transitive verb


⇨Definition

(kvt-s),



Adjective:


⇨Definition

1. Very desirous; eager to obtain; -- used in a good sense. [Archaic] Covetous of wisdom and fair virtue. (Shakespeare) Covetous death bereaved us all, To aggrandize one funeral. Emerson.

2. Inordinately desirous; excessively eager to obtain and possess (especially money); avaricious; -- in a bad sense. The covetous person lives as if the world were madealtogether for him, and not he for the world. South.



Synonyms:

avaricious


See Avaricious.


parsimonious


penurious


misrely


niggardly


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Wiktionary

Etymology:

From Middle English coveitous, from Anglo-Norman *cuveitus, from Medieval Latin as if *cupiditosus, from Latin cupiditas (“desire”); see covet.


Synonyms:

See also :greedy


Adjective:

Adjective covetous (comparative more covetous, superlative most covetous) Inordinately desirous; excessively eager to obtain and possess (especially money); avaricious.


Reference:

covetous

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