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

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
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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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“Avaricious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avaricious. Accessed 27 Sep. 2022.

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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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