Covetousness Cov"et*ous*ness, n. 1. Strong desire. [R.] [1913 Webster]

When workmen strive to do better than well, They do confound their skill in covetousness. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

2. A strong or inordinate desire of obtaining and possessing some supposed good; excessive desire for riches or money; -- in a bad sense. [1913 Webster]

Covetousness, by a greed of getting more, deprivess itself of the true end of getting. --Sprat.

Syn: Avarice; cupidity; eagerness. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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