av·​a·​ri·​cious | \ˌa-və-ˈri-shəs \

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 trader who cheated the natives 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

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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 That, of course, would be Johnson's Davis Okuye, a primatologist whose prize subject -- a sign-language-fluent albino gorilla named George -- unluckily runs afoul of a pathogen that plummets from the sky, courtesy of an avaricious corporation. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Rampage' cooks up generic monster mash with Dwayne Johnson," 12 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 The vagaries of Chinese regulations and an avaricious bureaucracy have already ensnared others, like Avon, once the top direct seller here. Ryan Mcmorrow And Steven Lee Myers, New York Times, "Amway Made China a Billion-Dollar Market. Now It Faces a Crackdown.," 8 Jan. 2018 Among the magazine’s pranks was to mail checks of smaller and smaller quantities to celebrities and wait to see who was avaricious enough to cash them; Mr. Trump redeemed a check for 13 cents. Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, "Graydon Carter to End 25-Year Run as Vanity Fair’s Editor," 7 Sep. 2017 And some particularly avaricious sellers are listing the item at $3,000 or higher. Chris Morris, Fortune, "People Are Paying Up To $2,000 For an iPhone 8 on eBay," 15 Sep. 2017 Among the magazine’s pranks was to mail checks of smaller and smaller quantities to celebrities and wait to see who was avaricious enough to cash them Michael M. Grynbaum, New York Times, "Graydon Carter to End 25-Year Run as Vanity Fair’s Editor," 7 Sep. 2017

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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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av·​a·​ri·​cious | \ˌa-və-ˈri-shəs \

Kids Definition of avaricious

: greedy for riches

Other Words from avaricious

avariciously adverb

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