: a selfish and excessive desire for more of something (as money) than is needed
Examples of GREED
- He was a ruthless businessman, motivated by naked ambition and greed.
- <don't let greed for riches control you>
Origin of GREED
back-formation from greedy
First Known Use: 1609
Related to GREED
- acquisitiveness, avarice, avariciousness, avidity, avidness, covetousness, cupidity, graspingness, greediness, mercenariness, rapaciousness, rapacity
Rhymes with GREED
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