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
Recent Examples on the Web Young socialists dismiss that point, and equate capitalism with greed. Mene Ukueberuwa, WSJ, "Boomer Socialism Led to Bernie Sanders," 17 Jan. 2020 Strong unions helped keep wages high, local political power brokers and party bosses made sure that working-class needs were represented in the marble corridors, and mass-membership organizations put a check on runaway greed by elites. New York Times, "Why Do Trump Supporters Support Trump?," 17 Jan. 2020 But this worldwide trivial pursuit doesn’t disprove Godard’s suspicion that Hollywood insensitivity and greed would offend probity and stifle popular imagination. Armond White, National Review, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker," 20 Dec. 2019 Major League Baseball’s threat to contract Minor League Baseball lands right in the wheelhouse of Bernie Sanders for reasons that extend beyond his familiar outrage at corporate greed. Michael Silverman, BostonGlobe.com, "Bernie Sanders goes to bat for Minor League Baseball," 6 Jan. 2020 Fear and greed often influence investors into making mistakes with their money. Ben Carlson, Fortune, "10 Things Investors Can Bank on in the New Year," 27 Dec. 2019 This is the story of how Martin Shkreli, the cartoonishly disgraced biotech entrepreneur, continued to run his synonymous-with-greed drug company from federal prison. Stat Staff, STAT, "We wish we’d written that: STAT staffers share their favorite stories of 2019," 24 Dec. 2019 The story behind the bloated price of insulin is one of economic concentration, government regulation, and corporate greed. Longreads, "Longreads Best of 2019: Business Writing," 18 Dec. 2019 The assemblywoman is incredibly angry at an economic system that has caused a permanent underclass in her community of working men and women who are constantly being squeezed by corporate greed. New York Times, "California Wanted to Protect Uber Drivers. Now It May Hurt Freelancers.," 16 Dec. 2019

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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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25 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Greed.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/greed. Accessed 28 January 2020.

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greed

noun
How to pronounce greed (audio)

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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