noun \ky-ˈpi-də-tē\

: a strong desire for money or possessions

plural cu·pid·i·ties

Full Definition of CUPIDITY

:  inordinate desire for wealth :  avarice, greed
:  strong desire :  lust

Examples of CUPIDITY

  1. The evidence revealed the cupidity of the company's directors.
  2. <reports of great treasure in the Indies inflamed the cupidity of Columbus's crew>

Origin of CUPIDITY

Middle English cupidite, from Anglo-French cupidité, from Latin cupiditat-, cupiditas — more at covet
First Known Use: 15th century


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