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Cóvetousness. n.s. [from covetous.] Avarice; inordinate desire of money; eagerness of gain.

When workmen strive to do better than well,
They do confound their skill in covetousness.
Shakes. K. John.

He that takes pains to serve the ends of covetousness, or ministers to another's lust, or keeps a shop of impurities or intemperance, is idle in the worst sense. Taylor's Holy Living.

Covetousness debaseth a man's spirit, and sinks it into the earth. Tillotson.

Sources: Shakespeare's King John (43) · Taylor, Jeremy (57) · Tillotson, John (68)

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