covetous

  • 1 covetous — covetous, greedy, acquisitive, grasping, avaricious mean having or manifesting a strong desire for possessions, especially material possessions. Covetous implies inordinateness of desire; very often, with allusion to the Ten Commandments, it… …

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  • 2 Covetous — Cov et*ous (k?v ?t ?s), a. [OF. coveitos, F. convoiteux. See {Covet}, v. t.] 1. Very desirous; eager to obtain; used in a good sense. [Archaic] [1913 Webster] Covetous of wisdom and fair virtue. Shak. [1913 Webster] Covetous death bereaved us all …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 3 covetous — mid 13c., from O.Fr. coveitos (12c., Mod.Fr. convoiteux) desirous, covetous, from V.L. *cupiditosus, from L. cupiditas (see COVET (Cf. covet)). Related: Covetousness …

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  • 4 covetous — index eager, illiberal, insatiable, jealous, mercenary Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …

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  • 5 covetous — [adj] greedy; very desirous acquisitive, avaricious, avid, close fisted, eager, ensurient, envious, gluttonous, grabby, grasping, green eyed*, grudging, hogging, itchy*, jealous, keen, mercenary, piggish*, prehensile, rapacious, ravenous, selfish …

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  • 6 covetous — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ longing to possess something. DERIVATIVES covetously adverb covetousness noun …

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  • 7 covetous — [kuv′ət əs] adj. [ME coveitous < OFr] tending to covet; greedy; avaricious SYN. GREEDY covetously adv. covetousness n …

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  • 8 covetous — adjective Date: 13th century 1. marked by inordinate desire for wealth or possessions or for another s possessions 2. having a craving for possession < covetous of power > • covetously adverb • covetousness noun Synonyms …

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  • 9 covetous — [[t]kʌ̱vɪtəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED (disapproval) A covetous person has a strong desire to possess something, especially something that belongs to another person. [FORMAL] Even here a red Lamborghini Diablo sports car attracts covetous stares …

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  • 10 covetous — adj. covetous of * * * [ kʌvɪtəs] covetousof …

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  • 11 covetous — cov|et|ous [ˈkʌvıtəs] adj formal having a very strong desire to have something that someone else has ▪ They began to cast covetous eyes on their neighbours fields. >covetously adv >covetousness n [U] …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 12 covetous — adjective having a very strong desire to have something that someone else has, especially wealth: They began to cast covetous eyes on their neighbours fields. covetously adverb covetousness noun (U) …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 13 covetous — adjective this covetous man will never be satisfied Syn: grasping, greedy, acquisitive, desirous, possessive, envious, green with envy, green eyed See notes at greedy, jealous …

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  • 14 covetous — covetously, adv. covetousness, n. /kuv i teuhs/, adj. 1. inordinately or wrongly desirous of wealth or possessions; greedy. 2. eagerly desirous. [1250 1300; ME coveitous < AF, OF; see COVET, OUS] Syn. 1. grasping, rapacious. See avaricious. * * * …

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  • 15 covetous — adjective /ˈkʌvətəs/ Inordinately desirous; excessively eager to obtain and possess (especially money); avaricious; See Also: covet …

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  • 16 covetous — Synonyms and related words: acquisitive, assembly, avid, band, bevy, bunch, cluster, covey, crew, desirous, eager, envious, esurient, gluttonous, grabby, grasping, greedy, grudging, hoggish, itchy, jealous, keen, lickerish, party, piggish,… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 17 covetous — I (Roget s IV) modif. Syn. greedy, avaricious, selfish, rapacious; see greedy 1 . See Synonym Study at greedy . II (Roget s 3 Superthesaurus) a. desirous, avaricious, greedy, acquisitive, lustful, rapacious, yearning, longing, grasping, grabby,… …

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  • 18 covetous — cov|et|ous [ kʌvətəs ] adjective FORMAL wanting to have something that someone else has, especially money …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 covetous — adj. Fragm. on Seven Sins, 23 …

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  • 20 covetous — cov·et·ous || kÊŒvÉ™tÉ™s adj. greedy, lustful, grasping, envious …

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