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1. To desire or wish for, with eagerness; to desire earnestly to obtain or possess; in a good sense.
Covet earnestly the best gifts. 1 Corinthians 12.
2. To desire inordinately; to desire that which it is unlawful to obtain or possess; in a bad sense.
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbors house, wife or servant. Exodus 20.
COVET, v.i. To have an earnest desire. 1 Timothy 6.
COVETABLE, a. That may be coveted.
COVETED, pp. Earnestly desired; greatly wished or longed for.
COVETING, n. Inordinate desire.
1. Very desirous; eager to obtain; in a good sense; as covetous of wisdom, virtue or learning.
2. Inordinately desirous; excessively eager to obtain and possess; directed to money or goods, avaricious.
A bishop must not be covetous. 1 Timothy 3.
COVETOUSLY, adv. With a strong or inordinate desire to obtain and possess; eagerly; avariciously.
1. A strong or inordinate desire of obtaining and possessing some supposed good; usually in a bad sense, and applied to an inordinate desire of wealth or avarice.
Out of the heart proceedeth covetousness. Mark 7.
Mortify your members--and covetousness which is idolatry. Colossians 3.
2. Strong desire; eagerness.
"Seek ye out of the book of the Lord, and read" —Isaiah 34:16, KJV
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