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  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Covetous  \Cov"et*ous\  (k?v"?t-?s),  a.  [OF.  coveitos  F. 
  convoiteux  See  {Covet},  v.  t.] 
  1.  Very  desirous;  eager  to  obtain;  --  used  in  a  good  sense 
  [Archaic] 
 
  Covetous  of  wisdom  and  fair  virtue.  --Shak. 
 
  Covetous  death  bereaved  us  all  To  aggrandize  one 
  funeral.  --Emerson. 
 
  2.  Inordinately  desirous;  excessively  eager  to  obtain  and 
  possess  (esp.  money);  avaricious;  --  in  a  bad  sense 
 
  The  covetous  person  lives  as  if  the  world  were 
  madealtogether  for  him  and  not  he  for  the  world. 
  --South. 
 
  Syn:  Avaricious;  parsimonious;  penurious;  misrely;  niggardly. 
  See  {Avaricious}. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  covetous 
  adj  1:  showing  extreme  cupidity;  painfully  desirous  of  another's 
  advantages;  "he  was  never  covetous  before  he  met  her"; 
  "jealous  of  his  success  and  covetous  of  his 
  possessions";  "envious  of  their  art  collection"  [syn: 
  {envious},  {jealous}] 
  2:  immoderately  desirous  of  acquiring  e.g.  wealth;  "they  are 
  avaricious  and  will  do  anything  for  money";  "casting 
  covetous  eyes  on  his  neighbor's  fields";  "a  grasping  old 
  miser";  "grasping  commercialism";  "greedy  for  money  and 
  power";  "grew  richer  and  greedier";  "prehensile  employers 
  stingy  with  raises  for  their  employees"  [syn:  {avaricious}, 
  {grabby},  {grasping},  {greedy},  {prehensile}] 




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