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  3  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Covetousness  \Cov"et*ous*ness\,  n. 
  1.  Strong  desire.  [R.] 
 
  When  workmen  strive  to  do  better  than  well  They  do 
  confound  their  skill  in  covetousness.  --Shak. 
 
  2.  A  strong  or  inordinate  desire  of  obtaining  and  possessing 
  some  supposed  good;  excessive  desire  for  riches  or  money; 
  --  in  a  bad  sense 
 
  Covetousness,  by  a  greed  of  getting  more  deprivess 
  itself  of  the  true  end  of  getting.  --Sprat. 
 
  Syn:  Avarice;  cupidity;  eagerness. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  covetousness 
  n  1:  an  envious  eagerness  to  possess  something 
  2:  extreme  greed  for  material  wealth  [syn:  {avarice},  {avariciousness}, 
  {cupidity}] 
  3:  reprehensible  acquisitiveness;  insatiable  desire  for  wealth 
  (personified  as  one  of  the  deadly  sins)  [syn:  {avarice},  {greed}, 
  {rapacity},  {avaritia}] 
 
  From  Easton's  1897  Bible  Dictionary  [easton]: 
 
  Covetousness 
  a  strong  desire  after  the  possession  of  worldly  things  (Col. 
  3:5;  Eph.  5:5;  Heb.  13:5;  1  Tim.  6:9,  10;  Matt.  6:20).  It 
  assumes  sometimes  the  more  aggravated  form  of  avarice,  which  is 
  the  mark  of  cold-hearted  worldliness. 
 




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