avaricious

adjective
av·​a·​ri·​cious | \ ˌa-və-ˈri-shəs How to pronounce avaricious (audio) \

Definition of avaricious

: greedy of gain : excessively acquisitive especially in seeking to hoard riches avaricious land-grabbers

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Other Words from avaricious

avariciously adverb
avariciousness noun

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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 businesswoman who cheated her associates avaricious implies obsessive acquisitiveness especially of money and strongly suggests stinginess. an avaricious miser

Examples of avaricious in a Sentence

an avaricious scheme to con the elderly couple out of thousands of dollars
Recent Examples on the Web But to see especially masterful chewing by an actor portraying an iconic avaricious baddie, enjoy Michael Douglas’s Oscar-winning performance as Gordon Gekko, flashing sly crocodile grins beneath Pat Riley-esque hair as slick as his suits. Washington Post, "7 movies that do the same things ‘Wonder Woman 1984’ does, but better," 29 Dec. 2020 Zorro has outwitted avaricious governors, truculent men-at-arms and evil oligarchs trying to seize California’s riches and foment discord between Mexico and the United States. Washington Post, "Zorro at 100: Why the original swashbuckler is still the quintessential American action hero," 1 Jan. 2021 The same avaricious few responsible for risking earth’s health, have risked the health of human beings across the globe by refusing to put them above politics and the economy. Soraya Roberts, Longreads, "We’re Not All in This Together," 17 Mar. 2020 Winning is the only concept that can permeate their psychological crusts; winning, for the Roy children, is also almost impossible given their avaricious, impulsive ogre of a father. Sophie Gilbert, The Atlantic, "Succession Is Better Than Ever," 11 Aug. 2019 Wrightsman overcame childhood illness to become a World War I aviator, a crack polo player, and an avaricious but discriminating collector. Hamish Bowles, Vogue, "Hamish Bowles Remembers Jayne Wrightsman, Esteemed Arts Connoisseur and Legendary Hostess," 24 Apr. 2019 The Once-ler — who’s been ousted by his avaricious family in favor of a boarder — hits the road and stumbles upon the Lorax’s realm near the story’s start. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "At Old Globe, 'The Lorax' brings Dr. Seuss' environmental saga to vivid life," 8 July 2018 But the post office — with its economies of scale, and freedom from avaricious shareholders — could offer America’s working class access to short-term credit at a fraction of the present cost. Eric Levitz, Daily Intelligencer, "Democrats Have a Plan to Save the Post Office – and Kill Payday Lenders," 25 Apr. 2018 These were sites of brutal treatment and unbearable sorrow, as callous and avaricious slave traders tore apart families, separating husbands from wives, and children from their parents. Jonathan W. White, Smithsonian, "When Emancipation Finally Came, Slave Markets Took on a Redemptive Purpose," 27 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of avaricious

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for avaricious

see avarice

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12 Feb 2021

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“Avaricious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avaricious. Accessed 27 Feb. 2021.

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avaricious

adjective
av·​a·​ri·​cious | \ ˌa-və-ˈri-shəs How to pronounce avaricious (audio) \

Kids Definition of avaricious

: greedy for riches

Other Words from avaricious

avariciously adverb

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