covetous

adjective
cov·et·ous | \ˈkə-və-təs \

Definition of covetous 

1 : marked by inordinate desire for wealth or possessions or for another's possessions He looked at his boss's new car with covetous eyes.

2 : having a craving for possession covetous of power

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Other Words from covetous

covetously adverb
covetousness noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for covetous

Synonyms

envious, green-eyed, invidious, jaundiced, jealous, resentful

Antonyms

unenvious

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covetous, greedy, acquisitive, grasping, avaricious mean having or showing a strong desire for especially material possessions. covetous implies inordinate desire often for another's possessions. covetous of his brother's country estate greedy stresses lack of restraint and often of discrimination in desire. greedy for status symbols acquisitive implies both eagerness to possess and ability to acquire and keep. an eagerly acquisitive mind grasping adds to covetous and greedy an implication of selfishness and often suggests unfair or ruthless means. a hard grasping trader who cheated the natives avaricious implies obsessive acquisitiveness especially of money and strongly suggests stinginess. an avaricious miser

Examples of covetous in a Sentence

The expensive car drew many covetous looks. one aggressive bargain hunter rushed to make a covetous grab for the last marked-down TV

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Yet there is another tradition of interpretation that has unfortunately proven more prevalent: that for which the Bible serves as a source of covetous power. Jonathan L. Walton, Time, "Why Authoritarians Love to Quote This Bible Passage," 22 June 2018 His covetous attention to their wealth, though useful, can be awkward. The Economist, "Insecurity complexGulf states fear being encircled by Iran and abandoned by America," 21 June 2018 The intimate friendship that forms between Philip and Farinelli forms the core of the play, with Philip by turns caressing and covetous, and Farinelli half admiring and half fearful of his patron’s mercurial temper. Constance Grady, Vox, "Your guide to the 17 most important nominees at this year’s Tonys," 7 June 2018 But humans are curious, covetous and prone to disregard terrible odds. Malia Wollan, New York Times, "How to Crack a Safe," 4 Apr. 2018 The news media, major sponsors, fans and famous college coaches were covetous — and anxiously waiting to hear what his choice would be. Marc Tracy And Adam Zagoria, New York Times, "How N.C.A.A. Recruiting’s Illicit Spoils Ensnared a Young Star," 4 Oct. 2017 A room full of late-18th-century gentlemen’s waistcoats drove me mad with covetous desire (thankfully Google can take you there). Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Belle of the Ball! In Venice and Paris, Vogue’s Hamish Bowles Embarks on an Art-Filled Excursion," 30 Aug. 2017 The complaints, online and in the news media, have struck at the heart of Mr. Sisi’s carefully created image as a staunch nationalist defending Egypt against covetous foreign powers, and forced his government to defend its decision. Kareem Fahim, New York Times, "Egyptians Denounce President Sisi in Biggest Rally in 2 Years," 15 Apr. 2016 Jefferson thus found itself at loggerheads with both New Orleans and Louisiana state government, whereas New Orleans had better relations with the state and a covetous eye for Jefferson's land. Richard Campanella, NOLA.com, "How New Orleans took Uptown from Jefferson Parish," 11 July 2017

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First Known Use of covetous

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for covetous

see covet

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covin

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The first known use of covetous was in the 13th century

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covetous

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of covetous

: feeling or showing a very strong desire for something that you do not have and especially for something that belongs to someone else

covetous

adjective
cov·et·ous | \ˈkə-vət-əs \

Kids Definition of covetous

: having or showing too much desire for wealth or possessions or for something belonging to another person

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