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Definition of "cupidity" [cu•pid•i•ty]

  • Excessive desire, especially for wealth; covetousness or avarice. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "cupidity" in a sentence
  • "To suggest, as your comment seems to, that ALL opposition to the stimulus bill must be based upon Republican cupidity is simply silly but typical of the hysteria being used to sell this ill considered and destructive indulgence. zyxw Says:"
  • "The immense quantities of wild fowl and animal and bird life along the shores astonished them; but what most aroused their cupidity was the enormous supply of furs, especially beaver and otter, that could be obtained from the Indians."
  • "When the object is absent, or, like God, not as present as it may become, the tending, advancing, aspiring movement is called a love of desire, that is, the cupidity of what we have not but hope to have."