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avarice

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noun av·a·rice \ˈa-və-rəs, ˈav-rəs\

Simple Definition of avarice

  • : a strong desire to have or get money

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of avarice

  1. :  excessive or insatiable desire for wealth or gain :  greediness, cupidity

Examples of avarice in a sentence

  1. Adherence to the Baldwin model is usually more a sin of thoughtlessness and convenience than of conscious avarice, though it is always an appropriation of moral power, a stealing of thunder. —Shelby Steele, Harper's, November 2002

  2. … a company of artists, among them the young Thomas Nast, seated at rows of desks in a high-ceilinged studio overlooking the avarice and deviltry walking in and out of New York's City Hall. —Lewis H. Lapham, Harper's, June 2000

  3. Unlike the rest of us, stuck in our jobs, choking on carbon monoxide, heeling around on overpriced shoes, recovering from a decade of avarice, Chip works and he's tanned and happy. —Peter Wilkinson, Rolling Stone, 11-25 July 1991

  4. Nor was private avarice their besetting sin although they were as subject as most men to the stings of ambition. —Barbara W. Tuchman, The March of Folly, 1984

  5. The corporate world is plagued by avarice and a thirst for power.

  6. He was driven by avarice.



Origin of avarice

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin avaritia, from avarus avaricious, from avēre to crave — more at avid


First Known Use: 14th century


AVARICE Defined for Kids

avarice

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noun av·a·rice \ˈa-və-rəs, ˈav-rəs\

Definition of avarice for Students

  1. :  strong desire for riches :  greed





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