Definition of covetous in English:

covetous

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Pronunciation: /ˈkʌvɪtəs
 
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adjective

Having or showing a great desire to possess something belonging to someone else: she fingered the linen with covetous hands
More example sentences
  • It may have been borne out of provincial jealousy and a covetous desire, but the attack was startling in its intensity.
  • By capturing them on canvas he forever locates them, with covetous jealousy, within his private, contained artistic universe.
  • Our King was, in a simple statement, a greedy, power-hungry covetous hog.
Synonyms
jealous, envious, green with envy, green, green-eyed;
grudging, begrudging
North American informal grabby

Origin

Middle English: from Old French coveitous, based on Latin cupiditas (see cupidity).

Derivatives

covetously

adverb
More example sentences
  • Since I was alone, I did not dare to leave my spot, which other concertgoers were already eyeing covetously, to get an extra chair.
  • I used to sit at the kitchen table and covetously turn the thin pages, dog earring necessities to be pointed out to my parents.
  • Historians may look covetously at the Academy's scientists.

covetousness

noun
More example sentences
  • While lagging behind on covetousness and lust, we beat all comers in the sheer weight of our self-admiration.
  • To this flesh belong adultery, covetousness, lust and murder.
  • The sections explore grace in relation to problems like anxiety, impatience, covetousness, despondency and lust.

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