Word of the Day: cupidity
origin: from the Latin "cupere", meaning to desire
1. Excessive desire, especially for wealth; covetousness or avarice.
"...when they get a glimpse of the new movie 'It's in the Water',
the reviled, besieged heterosexuals of America may finally be
pushed over the edge. Here, yet again, they are reduced on
celluloid to a band of morally bereft, esthetically challenged
misfits, their cupidity without bounds, their bad taste without
--Frank Bruni, "The Gay Take on Straight" in the New York Times.
"Our unparalleled prosperity has not been an unmixed good. It has
inflamed cupidity, has diseased the imagination with dreams of
boundless success, and plunged a vast multitude into excessive
toils, feverish competitions, and exhausting cares."
--William Ellery Channing, "On the Elevation Of The Laboring
Publish Date: 01/20/2011