\ 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

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
Recent Examples on the Web First written by Nikolai Gogol in Russian in 1836, the play satirizes greed and political corruption in Imperial Russia. Kathy Cichon,, 13 Apr. 2022 Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney Shawn Overstreet told jurors Monday that Crampton-Brophy was motivated by greed and a $1.4 million insurance policy, The Oregonian newspaper of Portland reported. NBC News, 5 Apr. 2022 That annoys lots of economists, who point out that greed is a constant in a capitalist economy and that most companies hiking prices today are doing so to reclaim their pre-pandemic profit margins. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 23 Feb. 2022 When greed is culprit, nobody will ever hold her accountable. Roger Valdez, Forbes, 3 Jan. 2022 Reservation systems becoming the norm in Utah, but is the trend a result of smart resource management or greed? Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 Apr. 2022 But embedded in the mirth is a wholesale indictment of this toxic brew of unfettered capitalism and greed that frustrated the pandemic response at every turn. Washington Post, 22 Apr. 2022 Judases left here for greed, to be certain, but primarily because of City Hall. Nick Canepacolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 16 Apr. 2022 Higher readings indicate greed has taken over the market and buyers are plentiful, while lower readings show investors are fearful and sellers are out in force. Will Daniel, Fortune, 15 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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11 May 2022

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“Greed.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 May. 2022.

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\ ˈgrēd How to pronounce greed (audio) \

Kids Definition of greed

: selfish desire for more than is needed

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