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 During the 17th century, the Dutch economy—one of the most complex in the world at the time—was so consumed with tulip fever that the Flemish artist Jan Brueghel the Younger portrayed traders as avaricious monkeys in a famous satiric painting. Emily Stewart, Town & Country, 3 June 2021 But when their measures prove insufficient against ever more skilled and avaricious hackers, companies freeze. Thomas Ayres, WSJ, 13 May 2021 Facebook’s history of privacy missteps and avaricious data collection hardly needs recapitulating. Jacob Silverman, The New Republic, 26 Apr. 2021 But what Chrome does have in common with Gmail is an avaricious and out of step approach to data harvesting. Zak Doffman, Forbes, 20 Mar. 2021 In 1760, his son Fletcher Norton, an avaricious lawyer known locally as Sir Bullface Doublefee, extended Grantley Hall out sideways, the better to fan his plumage. Joshua Levine, Travel + Leisure, 7 Mar. 2021 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, 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, 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, 17 Mar. 2020

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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 20 Jun. 2021.

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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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