covetousness


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cov·et·ous

 (kŭv′ĭ-təs)
adj.
Feeling, expressing, or characterized by a strong or immoderate desire for the possessions of another: "At least three European empires had extended covetous gazes toward the Pacific Northwest" (David A. Bell).

cov′et·ous·ly adv.
cov′et·ous·ness n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.covetousness - an envious eagerness to possess something
enviousness, envy - a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something that is possessed by another
2.covetousness - extreme greed for material wealthcovetousness - extreme greed for material wealth    
greed - excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deserves
3.covetousness - reprehensible acquisitivenesscovetousness - reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)
deadly sin, mortal sin - an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace; "theologians list seven mortal sins"
Translations

covetousness

[ˈkʌvɪtəsnɪs] Ncodicia f

covetousness

nBegierde f (→ of auf +acc), → Begehren nt(of nach)

covetousness

[ˈkʌvɪtəsnɪs] navidita, brama
References in classic literature ?
Planchet had tasted of riches easily acquired, and was never afterwards likely to stop in his desires; but, as he had a good heart in spite of his covetousness, as he adored D'Artagnan, he could not refrain from making him a thousand recommendations, each more affectionate than the others.
This coat of many colors had excited the admiration, and inflamed the covetousness of both warriors and squaws, to an extravagant degree.
Certainly my offer does not sound very magnificent, but it was great to me, for at his words a wave of covetousness had swept over my heart, and I almost felt as if the seventy-nine camels that were left were nothing in comparison.