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English

Etymology

From French cupidité, from Latin cupiditās (strong desire), from cupidus (keen, desirous). Compare Cupid.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA: /kjuːˈpɪdəti/

Noun

Singular
cupidity

Plural
uncountable

cupidity (uncountable)

  1. Extreme greed, especially for wealth.
    The conqueror's cupidity created economic problems in the kingdom.
    • 1956, Arthur C. Clarke, The City and the Stars, p 37
      Humanity had always been fascinated by the mystery of the falling dice, the turn of a card, the spin of the pointer. At its lowest level, this interest was based on mere cupidity—and that was an emotion that could have no place in a world where everyone possessed all that they could reasonably need.

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