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.

 

© Webster 1913.

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