• WordNet 3.6
    • n covetousness reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)
    • n covetousness extreme greed for material wealth
    • n covetousness an envious eagerness to possess something
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Covetousness A strong or inordinate desire of obtaining and possessing some supposed good; excessive desire for riches or money; -- in a bad sense. "Covetousness , by a greed of getting more, deprivess itself of the true end of getting."
    • Covetousness Strong desire. "When workmen strive to do better than well,
      They do confound their skill in covetousness ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n covetousness Strong desire; eagerness.
    • n covetousness The character of being covetous, in an evil sense; a strong or inordinate desire of obtaining and possessing something, without regard to law or justice; overbearing avarice.
    • n covetousness Synonyms Avarice, Cupidity, etc. (see avarice), greediness, hankering.
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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.”
  • 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.”
  • John Bunyan
    “I love to hear my Lord spoken of, and wherever I have seen the print of His shoe in the earth, there have I coveted to put mine also.”
  • Francis Bacon
    “If money be not they servant, it will be thy master. The covetous man cannot so properly be said to possess wealth, as that may be said to possess him.”


In literature:

Mege would renew his interpellation on the morrow, and Vignon and his friends would at once lay siege to the posts they coveted.
"Paris From the "Three Cities"" by Emile Zola
Was he even now coveting her as other men had coveted the women she knew and despised?
"The Man From Brodney's" by George Barr McCutcheon
We covet solidity of character, but Flora and Madame were essentially fluid.
"Kincaid's Battery" by George W. Cable
And hence accession of wealth is viewed as that which increaseth covetousness and folly.
"Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 1" by Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa
Wretched and thoughtless Creatures, in the only Place where Covetousness were a Virtue we turn Prodigals!
"The Spectator, Volumes 1, 2 and 3" by Joseph Addison and Richard Steele
Our desires, like covetousness and jealousy, feed upon themselves.
"Yolanda: Maid of Burgundy" by Charles Major
The coveted heights were within easy grasp.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
The trouble with business is simply covetousness.
"The Church and Modern Life" by Washington Gladden
And, O ruler of men, the celestials and the others have neither anger nor covetousness.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
Not at once did the way open for the coveted friendship with the Eskimos.
"Hero Tales of the Far North" by Jacob A. Riis

In poetry:

Whoe'er besides wou'd covet to escape
Losses, calamity, and urgent woe,
Danger, disease, adversity, mishap;
Let them to serve their God devoutly go.
"Advice To Serve God" by Rees Prichard
"'No! Henry, no! Alas! too well you know,
The misery of an affected smile,
The pain of clearing the thought-clouded brow,
To covet for yourself the hateful toil!
"The Daughter" by Matilda Betham
To covet earthly things, is very wrong,
When one may gain the wealth of Paradise —
Or for some dirty acres here to long;
But all the joys of heaven to despise.
"Concerning Prayer, And Its Proper Requisites" by Rees Prichard
Foolish love is only folly;
Wanton love is too unholy;
Greedy love is covetous;
Idle love is frivolous;
But the gracious love is it
That doth prove the work of it.
"Love" by Nicholas Breton
I covet not the pride of foreign looms;
In search of foreign modes I scorn to rove;
Nor, for the worthless bird of brighter plumes,
Would change the meanest warbler of my grove.
"Elegy XIV. Declining an Invitation To Visit Foreign Countries" by William Shenstone
That season approaches, gay Azima grew
Of an old helpless father, the pride and the heir;
Her treasures were coveted not by a few,
And by one, of a heart not inclined to despair.
"The Baya: Or The Indian Bird" by William Hayley

In news:

Although several of their singles are coveted by collectors of '60s British rock, Les Fleur de Lys remain obscure even by cult standards.
Baldies Booker, Bloomberg, Klein Covet Larry Harvey's ' Fro .
Prices for some of the most coveted brands plummeted by a third, and profits of high-end producers fell by half as restaurants canceled orders and drinkers traded down.
While scanning the new products at one of my favorite design retail sites, Supermarket, I found a pendant lamp that I'm now coveting.
Won the coveted Klussendorf-MacKenzie Award presented during the 46th World Dairy Expo, in memory of Duncan McKenzie, 1961 Klussendorf winner.
Because Maybachs clearly aren't exclusive enough, the Landaulet Study could very well become the most coveted limousine in the world.
Salma Hayek looked spicy in a rich, burgundy, one-shouldered gown from the Gucci Premiere collection, which totally flaunted her covetable curves.
A signature rocker that gave Parks a straight up and down snappy pop, earning him the coveted Legend Award from WAKEBOARDING magazine.
The immersion blender is the latest appliance on the market to vie for that coveted crown.
Fans of "The Good Wife" who have coveted the decor of their favorite characters on the show can now buy these same looks for their homes.
He attended at least one "bake-off," or contest among investment-banking firms competing for a coveted deal, while leading a team of Morgan Stanley bankers that told clients what happened with the Facebook offering.
A Brazilian aquarium displays discus fish, coveted for their bright colors by fish keepers around the world.
We covet the life of Mellody Hobson.
A FEW weeks ago, Nike released the Air Yeezy 2, a more abundant and less daring shoe than the original but still a rare and coveted one, reportedly limited to 3,000 pairs.
Tyler, tx — Over 90% of Dogan Middle School students Turned Tyler Pink yesterday, earning their school the coveted Pink Fire Helmet Trophy.

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