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Having or expressing desire; desiring: Both sides were desirous of finding a quick solution to the problem.

de·sir′ous·ly adv.
de·sir′ous·ness n.
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Astor, of grasping with his individual hand this great enterprise, which for years had been dubiously yet desirously contemplated by powerful associations and maternal governments.
Gordon threads through the massed girls, "invisible, save that their bodies avoided him when he passed them" (Orwell 200oe, 117), pausing to watch them in "knots of four or five, prowling desirously about the stalls of cheap underwear" (116).
"so desirously / Did'st long to die" that he perished in
We have made some progress, but not good enough to situate us on the pedestal we so desirously crave for.