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Definition extreme greed for material wealth
  • She told of the cupidity that led to the company's collapse.
cupidity = extreme greed for material wealth
  • The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.
    C. S. Lewis
  • ...was one whose discernment detects crime in any, but whose cupidity exposes it only in the penniless.
    Melville, Herman  --  Moby Dick I-LXVII
  • And I could not imagine a human being so blinded by cupidity as to sell poison to such an atrocious creature.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Mirror of the Sea
  • "Aye, that I will," said the Sheriff, his cupidity casting his caution to the winds.
    McSpadden, J. Walker  --  Robin Hood
  • How about I use my insatiable cupidity to beat the crap out of you?
    Homer Hickam  --  October Sky
  • cupidity = extreme greed for material wealth
  • The curses of Heaven light on the cupidity that has destroyed such a race.
    Cooper, James Fenimore  --  The Pioneers
  • Through his self-love and cupidity I gained a hold upon my man.
    de Balzac, Honore  --  The Country Doctor
  • The cupidity of the little wretch was at last overcoming his abject cowardice.
    Hornung, E. W.  --  Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • BELLA: (Her eyes hard with anger and cupidity, points) Who's to pay for that?
    James Joyce  --  Ulysses
  • So intolerable indeed is it regarded by some, that no cupidity could persuade them to moor alongside of it.
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Keeping oneself occupied with mathematics, I say, is the best medicine for cupidity.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • But the cupidity of the Indian was soon gratified, and the different bodies again moved slowly onward.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Last of the Mohicans
  • These people hated me with the hatred of cupidity and disappointment.
    Charles Dickens  --  Great Expectations
  • The curses of Heaven light on the cupidity that has destroyed such a race.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Pioneers
  • At one time he seems animated by the most selfish cupidity, at another by the most lively patriotism.
    Alexis de Toqueville  --  Democracy In America, Volume 2
  • Oh blind cupidity, both guilty and mad, that so spurs us in the brief life, and then, in the eternal, steeps us so ill!
    Dante Alighieri  --  Dante's Inferno
  • Nevertheless, knowing the weakness of her husband, and more particularly his cupidity, she did not despair of bringing him round to her purpose.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Three Musketeers
  • "I hope it may be so," replied Caderousse, his face flushed with cupidity.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • The struggle between thirst for vengeance and cupidity was severe but short.
    James Fenimore Cooper  --  The Prairie

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