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Definition to strongly want (something—especially something that belongs to another)
  • The company makes knockoffs for people who covet designer fashions, but can't afford them.
covet = strongly want
  • He had discovered a great law of human action, without knowing it - namely, that in order to make a man or a boy covet a thing, it is only necessary to make the thing difficult to obtain.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • The covetous man is ever in want.
  • The commandments, "Do not commit adultery," "Do not murder," "Do not steal," "Do not covet," and whatever other commandment there may be, are summed up in this one rule: "Love your neighbor as yourself."
    Romans 13:8-10 (NIV)
  • And now, they were hers, but the tresses that should have adorned the coveted adornments were gone.
    O. Henry  --  The Gift of the Magi
  • coveted = strongly wanted
  • the recipient of a fabulously coveted research grant.
    Barbara Kingsolver  --  The Poisonwood Bible
  • coveted = strongly desired
  • stung again by the denial of a man whose love, almost inexplicably, he still coveted, a man ignoring him, even in heaven.
    Mitch Albom  --  The Five People You Meet in Heaven
  • coveted = strongly wanted
  • Brutus grows so covetous
    William Shakespeare  --  Julius Caesar
  • covetous = to strongly want (something — especially something that belongs to others)
  • When someone covets something, they desire and lust after it.
    Sara Shepard  --  Pretty Little Liars
  • covets = strongly wants
  • And I have coveted other people's goods.
    David Almond  --  Clay
  • coveted = strongly wanted
  • as if coveting something that didn't belong to him.
    Alexander Solzhenitsyn  --  One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich
  • coveting = strongly wanting
  • I covet no man's soul,
    Ayn Rand  --  Anthem
  • covet = want
  • Of course no one in Olinka owns a bicycle, but one of the roadbuilders has one, and all the Olinka men covet it and talk of someday soon purchasing their own.
    Alice Walker  --  The Color Purple
  • covet = strongly want
  • she, more covetous
    William Shakespeare  --  The Comedy of Errors
  • covetous = to strongly want (something, especially the property of another person)
  • 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.
    Napoleon Hill
  • "I shall never have Mr Gashford's good word, my lord," replied John, touching his hat respectfully, "and I don't covet it."
    Dickens, Charles  --  Barnaby Rudge - A Tale Of The Riots Of 'Eighty
  • But if it be a sin to covet honour,  I am the most offending soul alive.
    Shakespeare, William  --  King Henry V
  • She covets her sister's house
  • There are three things which the superior man guards against. In youth...lust. When he is strong...quarrelsomeness. When he is old...covetousness.
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • It is impossible that you can covet the admiration of Heathcliff - that you consider him an agreeable person
    Bronte, Emily  --  Wuthering Heights

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