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grasping

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adjective grasp·ing \ˈgras-piŋ\

Simple Definition of grasping

  • : wanting money and possessions too much

Full Definition of grasping

  1. :  desiring material possessions urgently and excessively and often to the point of ruthlessness

grasp·ing·ly play \ˈgras-piŋ-lē\ adverb
grasp·ing·ness noun

Examples of grasping

  1. Her grasping children fought over her property when she died.

  2. <a grasping person who would rather buy a car he didn't need than give a dime to charity>



1710

First Known Use of grasping

1710

Synonym Discussion of grasping

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>.


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