adjective Date: 13th century 1. marked by inordinate desire for wealth or possessions or for another's possessions 2. having a craving for possession <
covetous of power
covetously adverbcovetousness noun Synonyms: covetous, greedy, acquisitive, grasping, avaricious mean having or showing a strong desire for especially material possessions. covetous implies inordinate desire often for another's possessions <
covetous of his brother's country estate
. greedy stresses lack of restraint and often of discrimination in desire <
greedy for status symbols
. acquisitive implies both eagerness to possess and ability to acquire and keep <
an eagerly acquisitive mind
. grasping adds to covetous and greedy an implication of selfishness and often suggests unfair or ruthless means <
a hard grasping trader who cheated the natives
. avaricious implies obsessive acquisitiveness especially of money and strongly suggests stinginess <
an avaricious miser

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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