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avaricious

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adjective av·a·ri·cious \ˌa-və-ˈri-shəs\

Definition of avaricious

  1. :  greedy of gain :  excessively acquisitive especially in seeking to hoard riches

av·a·ri·cious·ly adverb
av·a·ri·cious·ness noun


Examples of avaricious

  1. <an avaricious scheme to con the elderly couple out of thousands of dollars>



15th Century

First Known Use of avaricious

15th century

Synonym Discussion of avaricious

covetous, greedy, acquisitive, grasping, avaricious mean having or showing a strong desire for especially material possessions. covetous implies inordinate desire often for another's possessions <covetous of his brother's country estate>. greedy stresses lack of restraint and often of discrimination in desire <greedy for status symbols>. acquisitive implies both eagerness to possess and ability to acquire and keep <an eagerly acquisitive mind>. grasping adds to covetous and greedy an implication of selfishness and often suggests unfair or ruthless means <a hard grasping trader who cheated the natives>. avaricious implies obsessive acquisitiveness especially of money and strongly suggests stinginess <an avaricious miser>.

AVARICIOUS Defined for Kids

avaricious

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adjective av·a·ri·cious \ˌa-və-ˈri-shəs\

Definition of avaricious

  1. :  greedy for riches

av·a·ri·cious·ly adverb




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