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 estategreedy stresses lack of restraint and often of discrimination in desire.
greedy for status symbolsacquisitive 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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