cupidity


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cu·pid·i·ty

 (kyo͞o-pĭd′ĭ-tē)
n.
Excessive desire, especially for wealth; covetousness or avarice.

[Middle English cupidite, from Old French, from Latin cupiditās, from cupidus, desiring, from cupere, to desire.]

cupidity

(kjuːˈpɪdɪtɪ)
n
strong desire, esp for possessions or money; greed
[C15: from Latin cupiditās, from cupidus eagerly desiring, from cupere to long for]

cu•pid•i•ty

(kyuˈpɪd ɪ ti)

n.
eager or excessive desire, esp. to possess something; greed; avarice.
[1400–50; late Middle English cupidite (< Middle French) < Latin cupiditās=cupid(us) eager, desirous (cup(ere) to desire + -idus -id4) + -itās -ity]
cu•pid′i•nous (-ˈpɪd n əs) adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.cupidity - extreme greed for material wealthcupidity - extreme greed for material wealth  
greed - excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deserves

cupidity

noun (Formal) avarice, greed, acquisitiveness, rapacity, covetousness, avidity, greediness, rapaciousness the well-known cupidity and greed of politicians

cupidity

noun
Excessive desire for more than one needs or deserves:
Informal: grabbiness.
Translations

cupidity

[kjuːˈpɪdɪtɪ] N (frm) → codicia f

cupidity

[kjuːˈpɪdɪti] n (= avarice) → cupidité fCupid's arrow n (fig) (= love) → flèche f de CupidonCupid's bow n [lips] → bouche f en cœur

cupidity

n (liter)Begierde f (pej), → Gier f (pej)

cupidity

[kjuːˈpɪdɪtɪ] ncupidigia
References in classic literature ?
But the cupidity of the Indian was soon gratified, and the different bodies again moved slowly onward.
Now Jonah's Captain, shipmates, was one whose discernment detects crime in any, but whose cupidity exposes it only in the penniless.
So intolerable indeed is it regarded by some, that no cupidity could persuade them to moor alongside of it.
The rest was left contingent on the value of my professional exertions; in other and more expressive words, on the baseness of my nature, the cupidity of my motives, the poverty of my family, the general moral
These people hated me with the hatred of cupidity and disappointment.
He had long known that the delusion was partly due to a trap laid for him by Dunstan, who saw in his brother's degrading marriage the means of gratifying at once his jealous hate and his cupidity.
Aye, that I will," said the Sheriff, his cupidity casting his caution to the winds.
Have there not been as many wars founded upon commercial motives since that has become the prevailing system of nations, as were before occasioned by the cupidity of territory or dominion?
We feared that having found this somewhere it had aroused his cupidity and led him to believe that in some way he could obtain the reward, possibly by foisting upon us a white girl on the chance that so many years had elapsed that we would not be able to recognize an imposter as such.
answered D'Artagnan, but little convinced, as he knew better than anyone else how entirely personal the value of this letter was, and was nothing in it likely to tempt cupidity.
I hope it may be so," replied Caderousse, his face flushed with cupidity.
The eyes of the mendicant dashed with cupidity, but he quickly suppressed his emotion.