Covetise

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Covetise Avarice.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n covetise Covetousness; avarice; avaricious desire.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Covetise (obs.) covetousness: ardent desire
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. coveitise, F. convoitise,. See Covet (v. t.)
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. coveiter (Fr. convoiter)—L. cupiditat-emcupĕre, to desire.

Usage

In literature:

And where thou tookest the crown of gold thou sinnest in covetise and in theft: all this were no knightly deeds.
"Le Morte D'Arthur, Volume II (of II)" by Thomas Malory
Why, this is covetise!
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
Now reigneth pride in price, and covetise is counted wise, and lechery withouten shame, and gluttony withouten blame.
"History of the English People, Volume II (of 8)" by John Richard Green
But woe worth false covetise!
"Fifteenth Century Prose and Verse" by Various
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In poetry:

At six times seven all covetise
Began to harbour in my breast;
My mind still then contriving was
How I might gain this worldly wealth;
To purchase lands and live on them,
So make my children mighty men.
"The Life And Age Of Man" by Anonymous British