Definition of Covetous

1. Adjective. Showing extreme cupidity; painfully desirous of another's advantages. "Envious of their art collection"

Exact synonyms: Envious, Jealous
Similar to: Desirous, Wishful
Derivative terms: Covetousness, Enviousness, Envy



2. Adjective. Immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth. "Prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees"

Definition of Covetous

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

Definition of Covetous

1. Adjective. Inordinately desirous; excessively eager to obtain and possess (especially money); avaricious; ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Covetous

1. excessively desirous [adj]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Covetous

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covetous (current term)
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Literary usage of Covetous

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1. Select Fables; with Cuts, Designed and Engraved by Thomas and John Bewick by Thomas Bewick, John Bewick (1820)
"A covetous Man and an envious one, becoming petitioners to Jupiter, were told, ... The covetous Man, according to his character, desired great riches, ..."

2. The Anatomy of Melancholy: What it Is, with All the Kinds, Causes, Symptomes by Robert Burton (1836)
"Thou art malicious, envious, covetous, impatient, no doubt, and lascivious ; yet, as thou art a Christian, correct and moderate thyself. ..."

3. The Looking-glass for the Mind; Or, Intellectual Mirror;: Being an Elegant by Berquin (Arnaud), M. Berquin, John Bewick (1796)
"... THE covetous BOY. "VT OUNG Samuel was the only fon of a ca- pital merchant, and was tenderly beloved by his father. He had by no means a bad heart, ..."

4. The Works of William Chillingworth by William Chillingworth (1838)
"For men shall be lovers nf their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, ..."

5. Annotations Upon Popular Hymns by Charles Seymour Robinson (1893)
"Bishop Wilmer says : " One man only has ever expressed to me the fear lest he should become covetous ; and it is a suggestive fact that he was the most ..."

6. Southey's Common-place Book by Robert Southey (1876)
"THEBE is a tale of a covetous man that had nothing in his mouth, but, ... Perhaps from hence came thai by-word ; that the covetous worldling gets the devill ..."

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