greed

noun
\ ˈgrēd How to pronounce greed (audio) \

Definition of greed

: a selfish and excessive desire for more of something (such as money) than is needed motivated by naked ambition and greed

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Examples of greed in a Sentence

He was a ruthless businessman, motivated by naked ambition and greed. don't let greed for riches control you

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Today, greed and exploitation continue to mark businesses as morally bankrupt, but so does failure to speak out during an age when many refuse to tolerate silence, politeness, and thoughts and prayers any longer. Nadra Nittle, Vox, "Companies used to stay quiet about politics. In 2018, social causes became integral to their branding.," 17 Dec. 2018 The affidavit points to financial greed as the likely motive. Curt Anderson, miamiherald, "He said his wife vanished while they were sailing. Now he’s charged with killing her.," 20 Feb. 2018 Kent for example, portrays a lesson about greed with his Ignoble End style sock. Craig Montague, Town & Country, "Not Your Grandfather's Socks," 22 Aug. 2014 And Fraser is the perfect audience proxy to lead us headfirst into the show’s thicket of lies and greed — dependable yet mysterious, trustworthy but battle-scarred, simultaneously strange and familiar all at once. Anna Silman, The Cut, "Brendan Fraser Is Giving the Most Delightful Performance on TV Right Now," 1 Apr. 2018 This is the legacy not only of Hugo Chávez but also those who embraced socialism, whether because of ideology or greed. Mary Anastasia O’grady, WSJ, "Power and Money in Venezuela," 10 Feb. 2019 The main — and only — character is 11 years old and is embodied by three adults, talking to a roomful of adults, telling us all about adult life, about greed and the ruination of the landscape of our world. Toby Zinman, Philly.com, "'Red Bike' by Simpatico Theatre: Dreary outlook, tedious play," 11 June 2018 His antagonist, on the other hand, speaks for greed. James Hebert, sandiegouniontribune.com, "At Old Globe, 'The Lorax' brings Dr. Seuss' environmental saga to vivid life," 8 July 2018 Physicians who pocket millions while taking advantage of patients, many of whom are addicted to opioids, and unnecessarily drive up health care costs for both patients and insurance providers, knowingly sacrifice the efficacy of care for greed... Christopher Harress, AL.com, "Florida man dies after eating 7 grams of cocaine during traffic stop," 4 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of greed

1609, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for greed

back-formation from greedy

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The first known use of greed was in 1609

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greed

noun

English Language Learners Definition of greed

: a selfish desire to have more of something (especially money)

greed

noun
\ ˈgrēd How to pronounce greed (audio) \

Kids Definition of greed

: selfish desire for more than is needed

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