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COVETOUSNESS

 Dictionary entry overview: What does covetousness mean? 

COVETOUSNESS (noun)
  The noun COVETOUSNESS has 3 senses:

1. an envious eagerness to possess something
2. extreme greed for material wealth
3. reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)

  Familiarity information: COVETOUSNESS used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


COVETOUSNESS (noun)


Sense 1covetousness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An envious eagerness to possess something

Classified under:

Nouns denoting feelings and emotions

Hypernyms ("covetousness" is a kind of...):

enviousness; envy (a feeling of grudging admiration and desire to have something that is possessed by another)


Sense 2covetousness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Extreme greed for material wealth

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

cupidity; avariciousness; covetousness; avarice

Hypernyms ("covetousness" is a kind of...):

greed (excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deserves)


Sense 3covetousness [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting acts or actions

Synonyms:

avarice; avaritia; greed; rapacity; covetousness

Hypernyms ("covetousness" is a kind of...):

deadly sin; mortal sin (an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace)


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