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cupidity

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noun cu·pid·i·ty \kyu̇-ˈpi-də-tē\

Simple Definition of cupidity

  • : a strong desire for money or possessions

Full Definition of cupidity

plural cu·pid·i·ties

  1. 1 :  inordinate desire for wealth :  avarice, greed

  2. 2 :  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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