grasping

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adjective grasp·ing \ˈgra-spiŋ\

Definition of grasping

  1. :  desiring material possessions urgently and excessively and often to the point of ruthlessness Her grasping children fought over her property when she died.

graspingly

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graspingness

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Examples of grasping in a Sentence

  1. Her grasping children fought over her property when she died.

  2. a grasping person who would rather buy a car he didn't need than give a dime to charity

Origin and Etymology of grasping

see 1grasp

Synonym Discussion of grasping

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

GRASPING Defined for English Language Learners

grasping

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Definition of grasping for English Language Learners

  • : wanting money and possessions too much


GRASPING Defined for Kids

grasping

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adjective grasp·ing \ˈgra-spiŋ\

Definition of grasping for Students

  1. :  greedy 1



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