covetous

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Covetous \Cov"et*ous\ (k?v"?t-?s), adjective [OF. coveitos, F. convoiteux. See {Covet}, verb (used with an object)]

1. Very desirous; eager to obtain; -- used in a good sense. [Archaic]

Covetous of wisdom and fair virtue. --Shak.

Covetous death bereaved us all, To aggrandize one funeral. --Emerson.

2. Inordinately desirous; excessively eager to obtain and possess (esp. 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.

Syn: Avaricious; parsimonious; penurious; misrely; niggardly. See {Avaricious}.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

covetous

adjective

1: showing extreme cupidity; painfully desirous of another's advantages; "he was never covetous before he met her"; "jealous of his success and covetous of his possessions"; "envious of their art collection" [syn: {covetous}, {envious}, {jealous}]

2: immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth; "they are avaricious and will do anything for money"; "casting covetous eyes on his neighbor's fields"; "a grasping old miser"; "grasping commercialism"; "greedy for money and power"; "grew richer and greedier"; "prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees" [syn: {avaricious}, {covetous}, {grabby}, {grasping}, {greedy}, {prehensile}]


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