Cov"et*ous*ness, n.


Strong desire.


When workmen strive to do better than well, They do confound their skill in covetousness. Shak.


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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