covetousness

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covetous +‎ -ness

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covetousness (uncountable)

  1. Immoderate desire for the possession of something, especially for wealth.
    • 1588: La Placette, Jean Of the Incurable Scepticism of the Church of Rome
      He which will yield to Fear. muſt neceſſarily yield to Covetouſneſs or any inordinate Deſire.
    • 1661: Johnson, J. The morning-exercise at Cripple-gate
      Covetouſneſs is the yelow Jaundice of the foul, which ariſes from the over-flowing of the heart with love to yellow gold, by which a Chriſtian is dull'd and deadned.
    • 1815: Lavington, Samuel Sermons and other discourses, Volume 1
      Covetousness prevents all good, and is and inlet and encouragement to evil.
    • 1976: Ellul, Jacques The Ethics of Freedom page 134
      In obvious compensation and opposition the fear of nothingness becomes the source of covetousness...

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