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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 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) 2.0

      n 1: an envious eagerness to possess something
      2: extreme greed for material wealth [syn: avarice, avariciousness,
      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

    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.