avaricious

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adjective av·a·ri·cious \ˌa-və-ˈri-shəs\

Definition of avaricious

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

avariciously

adverb

avariciousness

noun

Examples of avaricious in a Sentence

  1. an avaricious scheme to con the elderly couple out of thousands of dollars

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Origin and Etymology of avaricious

see avarice

Synonym Discussion of avaricious

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

AVARICIOUS Defined for Kids

avaricious

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adjective av·a·ri·cious \ˌa-və-ˈri-shəs\

Definition of avaricious for Students

  1. :  greedy for riches

avariciously

adverb


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