• WordNet 3.6
    • adj covetous immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth "they are avaricious and will do anything for money","casting covetous eyes on his neighbor's fields","a grasping old miser","grasping commercialism","greedy for money and power","grew richer and greedier","prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees"
    • adj covetous showing extreme cupidity; painfully desirous of another's advantages "he was never covetous before he met her","jealous of his success and covetous of his possessions","envious of their art collection"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Covetous Inordinately desirous; excessively eager to obtain and possess (esp. money); avaricious; -- in a bad sense. "The covetous person lives as if the world were madealtogether for him, and not he for the world."
    • Covetous Very desirous; eager to obtain; -- used in a good sense. "Covetous of wisdom and fair virtue.""Covetous death bereaved us all,
      To aggrandize one funeral."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • covetous Very desirous; eager for acquisition: in a good sense: as, covetous of wisdom, virtue, or learning.
    • covetous Specifically, inordinately desirous; excessively eager to obtain and possess, especially in an unlawful or unjust way; carried away by avarice.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Covetous inordinately desirous: avaricious
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  • 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.”
  • Ovid
    “We are ever striving after what is forbidden, and coveting what is denied us.”
  • George Herbert
    “Be thrifty, but not covetous.”
  • Napoleon Hill
    “When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal.”
  • Bhagavad Gita
    Bhagavad Gita
    “Offer unto me that which is very dear to thee -- which thou holdest most covetable. Infinite are the results of such an offering.”


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


In literature:

This is what is called covetousness.
"Fifty-Two Story Talks To Boys And Girls" by Howard J. Chidley
One swift glance assured Lablache that the coveted papers were all there.
"The Story of the Foss River Ranch" by Ridgwell Cullum
They covet not their neighbours' good, but command all that is their neighbours' as their own.
"The Land-War In Ireland (1870)" by James Godkin
The adventurous inquirer crept up the slippery boards, and gained the coveted position.
"The Soldier Boy; or, Tom Somers in the Army" by Oliver Optic
Maxwell had now the alternative of abandoning his coveted prize, or of fighting for it.
"Hatchie, the Guardian Slave; or, The Heiress of Bellevue" by Warren T. Ashton
Dare refused the much-coveted animal, and Meav proceeded to make good her claim by force of arms.
"An Illustrated History of Ireland from AD 400 to 1800" by Mary Frances Cusack
Obtaining the coveted treasure, he as eagerly ran back.
"The Knights of the White Shield" by Edward A. Rand
Its shores have therefore been a coveted object of territorial expansion.
"Influences of Geographic Environment" by Ellen Churchill Semple
Then perhaps they try to get possession of the coveted object by means of theft.
"The Negro" by W.E.B. Du Bois
Strife and covetousness reign from the Alps to the Ionian Sea.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds

In poetry:

Her haughty vow is still unsaid,
But all she dreamed and coveted
Wears, half to her surprise,
The youthful farmer's guise!
"The Maids Of Attitash" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Discontent looks on, and longs,
Envying other;
Counting up his scars and wrongs
Each man covets what belongs
To his brother.
"The Mingled Cup" by Martin Farquhar Tupper
"You, thief, did covet her:
So take her now forever! Thigh to thigh,
Bosom to favorable bosom lie,
That bliss escape no spur!"
"The Revenge" by George Sterling
Covet not both; but if thou dost
Resolve to part with neither;
Why! yet to shew that thou art just,
Take me and mine together.
"To Oenone" by Robert Herrick
This Palace tall,
This Cristial Hall,
Which Imperors might covet,
Stands in High Park
Like Noah's Ark,
A rainbow bint above it.
"The Crystal Palace" by William Makepeace Thackeray
All for arson insecurely,
All for slander little purely,
Vext with petty strife,—
Let no silly mortal surely Covet country life.
"Country Life" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

The menacing monkfish is a sly, voracious predator and a coveted meal itself, with a sweet tail meat that's earned it the nickname "the poor man's lobster".
Covet their spots with lock and key.
Here you'll find Amazon's coveted, treasured and revered Three Wolf Moon T-shirt.
Giulio won the coveted gold medal at the 2010 World Pizza Championship in Salsomaggiore, Italy, for his margherita pizza.
In 1877, the Nez Perce war erupted, the result of growing tensions between the Native peoples of the Northwest and the settlers who coveted Native lands.
Six teams representing three areas of the Rappahannock River Youth Football League competed for the coveted crown on Saturday.
The best ocean front home on a coveted Beach Lane set on 2.3 acres with 315 ft of beachfront.
That's why the Raritan High junior didn't hesitate to orally commit to the Fighting Irish Sunday afternoon, giving Notre Dame one of the most coveted wide receiver prospects in New Jersey.
But when the modern age of flush toilets began, the pits were typically filled in with household trash — the objects Fortmeyer now covets.
A total of 90 boys and girls competed for the coveted Pancake Day Ribbons.
Not one who covets accolades, Picard prefers to do her talking on the softball diamond.
However, only one event will get the coveted 2009 Pliny for Volcanic Event of the Year.
Earlier this month, James Dobson , the man who founded the conservative Focus on the Family ministry in Colorado Springs, left his most coveted pulpit.
Mexican star gets coveted victory over rival with perfect right hand in sixth round.
Flexible schedules and leaving work early on Fridays are the most coveted summer benefits, according to US employees polled.

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