- Greed for money or possessions.
“After seeing his family’s cupidity in action, Logan promised to donate his inheritance to philanthropic causes.”
“Cupidity is often the downfall of many people who come into unexpected wealth.”
“Instead of focusing on the potential cupidity of a wealthy population, let’s plan for a thriving donation season.”
Latin, mid-15th century
Why this word?
While the word “cupidity” might bring to mind red hearts and roses, it has nothing to do with the romance of Valentine’s Day. The word, which means “greed for money or possessions,” comes from the Latin “cupidus,” which means “desirous” and comes from the verb “cupere,” meaning “to desire.”
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