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.
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,
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.