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covetousness

noun

  1. (envy)  an envious eagerness to possess something
    Type of: envy
  2. (avariciousness)  extreme greed for material wealth
    Synonyms: avarice, avariciousness, cupidity. Type of: greed
  3. (mortal sin)  reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)
    Synonyms: avarice, avaritia, greed, rapacity. Type of: mortal sin

Etymology summary

covetous + -ness
(Source: Wiktionary)  [more]

Definition references  (+images)

Wikipedia:

Seven deadly sins | capital vices | cardinal sins

a classification of vices that has been used since early Christian times to educate and instruct Christians concerning fallen humanity's tendency to sin. In the currently recognized version, the sins are usually given as wrath, greed, sloth, pride,... (38 of 3425 words, 11 images)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Seven deadly sins

Collins Dictionary:

covetousness | covetous | covetise [obsolete] | envy [synonym, sense-specific] | covetously [adverb, derived]

[literary] envy | [postpositive, followed by] of jealously eager for the possession of something (especially the property of another person) (19 of 322 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/covetousness

Oxford Dictionary:

covetous | covetously [derived] | covetousness [derived]

having or showing a great desire to possess something belonging to someone else (13 of 61 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/covetous

Cambridge Dictionary:

covetous [formal disapproving] | covetously [adverb, derived] | covetousness [noun, derived]

wanting to have something too much, especially something that belongs to someone else (13 of 50 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/covetous

Wiktionary:

covetousness | greed [synonym]

Immoderate desire for the possession of something, especially for wealth. (10 of 49 words, 4 usage examples)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/covetousness

American Heritage Dictionary:

covetous | covetously [adverb, related] | covetousness [noun, related]

Excessively and culpably desirous of the possessions of another. | Marked by extreme desire to acquire or possess (17 of 30 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/covetous

New World Dictionary:

covetous | covetously [adverb, related] | covetousness [noun, related]

tending to covet; greedy; avaricious (5 of 16 words, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/covetous

Etymology reference

Wiktionary:

covetousness

Origin: covetous + -ness

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/covetousness

covetous

Origin: Middle English coveitous, from Anglo-Norman *cuveitus, from Medieval Latin as if *cupiditosus, from Latin cupiditas ("desire"); see covet.

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/covetous

-ness

Origin: Middle English, from Old English -nis, -nes ("-ness"), from Proto-Germanic *-nassuz ("-ness"), alteration (by false division) of -n- (adjective and verbal terminating consonant) + Proto-Germanic *-assuz ("-ness")... (27 of 45 etymology words)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/-ness

Audio references

Cambridge Dictionary:

covetous [formal disapproving]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "covetousness"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "covetousness"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/covetous

the Free Dictionary:

covetousness

Audio: British English pronunciation of "covetousness"

www​.thefreedictionary​.com​/covetousness

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