noun (plural -ties) Etymology: Middle English cupidite, from Anglo-French cupidité, from Latin cupiditat-, cupiditas — more at covet Date: 15th century 1. inordinate desire for wealth ; avarice, greed 2. strong desire ; lust

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  • cupidity — cupidity, greed, rapacity, avarice are comparable when meaning intense desire for wealth or possessions. Cupidity stresses the intensity and compelling nature of the desire and often suggests covetousness as well {the sight of so much wealth… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Cupidity — Cu*pid i*ty (k? p?d ? t?), n. [F. cupidite, L. cupiditas, fr. cupidus longing, desiring, fr. cupere to long for, desire. See {Covet}.] 1. A passionate desire; love. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] 2. Eager or inordinate desire, especially for wealth; greed …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • cupidity — (n.) mid 15c., from Anglo Fr. cupidite, from M.Fr. cupidité, from L. cupiditatem (nom. cupiditas) passionate desire, lust; ambition, from cupidus eager, passionate, from cupere to desire (perhaps cognate with Skt. kupyati bubbles up, becomes… …   Etymology dictionary

  • cupidity — index desire, greed Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • cupidity — [n] greed, strong desire acquisitiveness, avarice, avariciousness, avidity, covetousness, craving, eagerness, graspingness, greediness, hunger, infatuation, itching*, longing, lust, passion, possessiveness, rapaciousness, rapacity, voracity,… …   New thesaurus

  • cupidity — ► NOUN ▪ greed for money or possessions. ORIGIN Latin cupiditas, from cupidus desirous …   English terms dictionary

  • cupidity — [kyo͞o pid′ə tē] n. [ME & Anglo Fr cupidite < L cupiditas < cupidus: see CUPID] strong desire, esp. for wealth; avarice; greed …   English World dictionary

  • cupidity — [[t]kjuːpɪ̱dɪti[/t]] N UNCOUNT Cupidity is a greedy desire for money and possessions. [FORMAL] His eyes gave him away, shining with cupidity. Syn: avarice …   English dictionary

  • cupidity — noun /kjuːˈpɪdəti/ Extreme greed, especially for wealth. The conquerors cupidity created economic problems in the kingdom. Syn: avarice, covetousness See Also: cupid …   Wiktionary

  • cupidity — cu|pid|i|ty [kjuˈpıdıti] n [U] formal [Date: 1400 1500; : French; Origin: cupidité, from Latin cupiditas, from cupere to desire ] very strong desire for something, especially money or property = ↑greed ▪ the cupidity of some businessmen …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • cupidity — [15] The Latin verb cupere meant ‘desire’ (related forms such as Sanskrit kup ‘become agitated’, Church Slavonic kypeti ‘boil’, and Latvian kūpēt ‘boil, steam’ suggest that its underlying notion is ‘agitation’). One of its derivatives was the… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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