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Word: cupidity

Definition: greed (for wealth); CF. cupid; CF. Cupid


Sentences Containing 'cupidity'

"Now Jonah's Captain, shipmates, was one whose discernment detects crime in any, but whose cupidity exposes it only in the penniless.
As soon as this man saw the king's bribery, so notorious and so brazen, fearing the usual result in such cases, namely, that such gross corruption would arouse popular resentment, he curbed his habitual cupidity."
At the sight of the diamond, which was as large as a hazel nut, La Carconte's eyes sparkled with cupidity.''
He was to found a great national drama, based on the true principles of art, that was to be the envy of all nations; he was to drive from the stage the silly, childish plays, the "mirrors of nonsense and models of folly" that were in vogue through the cupidity of the managers and shortsightedness of the authors; he was to correct and educate the public taste until it was ripe for tragedies on the model of the Greek drama--like the "Numancia" for instance--and comedies that would not only amuse but improve and instruct.
I never saw such an expression of cupidity as the flickering lamp revealed in those two countenances.
So intolerable indeed is it regarded by some, that no cupidity could persuade them to moor alongside of it.
The rest was left contingent on the value of my professional exertions; in other and more expressive words, on the baseness of my nature, the cupidity of my motives, the poverty of my family, the general moral (or rather immoral) resemblance between myself and--HEEP.
The Yiddish word "Geyer" means "peddler", and it is assumed that when last names became mandatory in Europe, the surname Geier was imposed upon Jewish peasants as a deprecatory label connoting a scheming merchant who takes advantage of the cupidity of others, i.e., a "vulture".
``I hope it may be so,''replied Caderousse, his face flushed with cupidity.

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