• WordNet 3.6
    • adv covetously in a greedy manner
    • adv covetously with jealousy; in an envious manner "he looked at his friend's new car jealously"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • adv Covetously In a covetous manner.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • covetously With a strong or inordinate desire to obtain and possess; eagerly; avariciously.
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  • Proverb
    “Old age though despised, is coveted by all.”
  • Lord Byron
    “All are inclined to believe what they covet, from a lottery-ticket up to a passport to Paradise.”
  • Sir Thomas Browne
    “Be charitable before wealth makes you covetous.”
  • Arthur Hugh Clough
    Arthur Hugh Clough
    “Thou shalt not covet; but tradition approves all forms of competition.”
  • Epictetus
    “Covetousness like jealousy, when it has taken root, never leaves a person, but with their life. Cowardice is the dread of what will happen.”
  • Epictetus
    “Let death be daily before your eyes, and you will never entertain any abject thought, nor too eagerly covet anything.”


In literature:

The carts beset on the journey by very covetous natives.
"Three Expeditions into the Interior of Eastern Australia, Vol 1 (of 2)" by Thomas Mitchell
Its wadis were coveted by the tribes of the desert; the well-watered valley of the Arnon attracted more powerful foes.
"Early Israel and the Surrounding Nations" by Archibald Sayce
You see how covetous they were.
"Far Off" by Favell Lee Mortimer
Never was any man so distressed with such pride, covetousness, and falsehood.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Volume IX." by Robert Kerr
He might cast covetous eyes upon Gascony, but he would not pour into it the wealth that flowed steadily from prosperous England.
"In the Days of Chivalry" by Evelyn Everett-Green
A weak man could seldom retain a wife that a strong man coveted.
"Searchlights on Health" by B. G. Jefferis and J. L. Nichols
We do not covet their territory.
"A Compilation of the Messages and Papers of the Presidents, Volume IX." by Benjamin Harrison
In youth, lust; in full manhood, strife; and in old age, covetousness.
"The Worlds Greatest Books, Volume XIII." by Various
A covetous Man is never satisfied.
"Goody Two-Shoes" by Anonymous
But I will admit that I have, in a few instances, felt inclined to covet my neighbor's child.
"Ilka on the Hill-Top and Other Stories" by Hjalmar Hjorth Boyesen

In poetry:

I am the somber and stubborn builder
Of a temple rising up in the gloom.
I covet the glory of Savaoth,
Both in heaven and on earth.
"Memory" by Nikolai Stepanovich Gumilev
That captain of the scorned;
The coveter of life in soul and shell,
The fratricide, the thief, the infidel,
The hoofed and horned; -
"Earth And Man" by George Meredith
“’Then after, mid thy young allies—­
For thee ambition flushed my brow—­
I coveted the school-boy prize
Far more than thou.
"The Letter L" by Jean Ingelow
He coveted the squatter’s wealth;
He saw the squatter’s daughter:
And, what is more than heart or health,
His empty title bought her.
"The Squatter’s Daughter" by Henry Lawson
Nor house, nor lands, nor gold, nor gain,
Attempt by cheating to obtain:
Such covetous desires are quite
A fraud in the Almighty's sight.
"Advice, Concerning The Government Of Our Thoughts" by Rees Prichard
Ye princely men who with him mate,
Say, mark ye not his virtuous way.
His rule is--covet nought, none hate;--
How can his steps from goodness stray?
"A Wife Deplores The Absence Of Her Husband" by Confucius

In news:

A Texas man recently caught the Lone Star State's most coveted state record fish.
Which Hollywood actress would be best to star in the highly coveted role.
The latest additions to the public conservation organization's portfolio provide access to a coveted Tisbury Great Pond barrier beach and extend existing trails along the Tiasquam River.
The Landaulet Study could very well become the most coveted limousine in the world.
Though so few cars change hands that it's hard to generalize, 4½ Liters seem to be trading in the $400,000 to $500,000 range, with prices going up to $1 million for the most coveted examples.
"Please Look After Mom" has become the first Korean novel to make it onto the coveted New York Times bestseller list.
Cowboys lose out on coveted recruit.
Yann Martel , the author, has won world recognition and one of the most coveted Awards for literature - the Booker Prize in 2002 for this book.
Power players looking for a little love-love skip the clubs for these coveted private home courts.
Dallas's Maxwell Anderson Covets Rediscovered Leonardo.
Carmel likely is competing against Indianapolis to land the coveted Chicago Mercantile Exchange and may be prepared to offer incentives of $150 million, IBJ has learned.
A US spectrum auction opens up the coveted 700- MHz band to cellphones.
But their midfields could drive them to a coveted national title.
José Andrés' new and improved Minibar may be officially open, but unless you can snag one of the highly coveted reservations, what's inside is still somewhat of a mystery.
After coming close to nabbing the coveted villain role in J.J.

In science:

Anaheim Public Utilities Receives Coveted Recognition for New Traffic Signal Lights that Save Ratepayers $214,000 Annually [press release, 11 June].
Increasing Market Penetration of LED Traffic Signals in New York State: Review of Articles and Information on LED Traffic Signals
T Tauri stars, a difficult choice among a double handful of papers, but the coveted colored squiggle goes to the three different ways they power their outflows (Ferreira et al. 2006), self-collimated disk winds or jets, pressure-driving, and blobs ejected from the magnetosphere.
Astrophysics in 2006
But a coveted green circle to Zhao (2005) for noticing that the Roche geometry is different in MOND, with the lobes more squished.
Astrophysics in 2006
E ⊗ W+Dn→Dn ×idDn −−−−−−−−−−−−−−−−→ This just established fact that the composition of mappings in (21) and that in (22) are equivalent implies the coveted result at once.
Differential Geometry of Microlinear Frolicher Spaces IV-1
The just established fact that the composition of mappings in (23) and that in (24) are equivalent implies the coveted result at once.
Differential Geometry of Microlinear Frolicher Spaces IV-1