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covetous

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of covetous

  1. 1 having or marked by an eager and often selfish desire especially for material possessions one aggressive bargain hunter rushed to make a covetous grab for the last marked-down TV Synonyms of covetous acquisitive, avaricious, avid, coveting, greedy, grabby, grasping, mercenary, moneygrubbing, rapaciousWords Related to covetous commercialistic, materialistic, philistine; desirous, eager, itchy, lickerish, miserly; hoggish, piggish, piggy, swinish; devouring, gluttonous, gobbling, insatiable, ravenous, unquenchable, voracious; egocentric, egoistic (also egoistical), egotistic (or egotistical), self-centered, self-seeking; discontent, discontented, malcontent, unsatisfied; begrudging, grudging, resentfulNear Antonyms of covetous nonmaterialistic; altruistic, bounteous, bountiful, charitable, freehanded, generous, greathearted, handsome, liberal, magnanimous, munificent, openhanded, openhearted, selfless, unselfish, unsparing; controlled, moderate, restrained, temperate; content, sated, satisfied

  2. 2 having or showing mean resentment of another's possessions or advantages a covetous child who must destroy what he cannot have Synonyms of covetous envious, green-eyed, invidious, jaundiced, jealous, resentfulWords Related to covetous begrudging, grudging; avaricious, grasping, greedy, rapacious; distrustful, suspicious; malicious, petty, spitefulNear Antonyms of covetous generous, kind, kindhearted; altruistic, benevolent, charitable; well-meaningAntonyms of covetous unenvious

Synonym Discussion of covetous

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

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