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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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Of course, a little bit of greed paired with scientific resources means not everything goes according to plan. Tracy Brown,, "'Jurassic World' and the entertainment industry's insistence that science will run amok," 15 June 2018 Few have articulated as well how the art world, as defined by its large institutions, has a moral obligation to help those suffering at the hands of corporate greed. New York Times, "Nan Goldin Survived an Overdose to Fight the Opioid Epidemic," 11 June 2018 And players call bets with losing hands out of greed for a big pot. The Economist, "In investing, as in poker, following rules works best," 31 May 2018 For more on the greed, lust and secrets in Maurizio Gucci’s family, subscribe now to PEOPLE or pick up this week’s issue, on newsstands now. Adam Carlson,, "Decades After Hit Man Killed Gucci Mogul, the Ex-Wife Convicted of His Murder Speaks Out," 13 July 2018 Investor Joan Mattox, of Meridian, who attended the hearing and had attended much of the trial, said many lives had been upended because of Douglas Swenson's greed. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "Meridian businessmen who led fraud scheme that hurt 8,500 investors imprisoned at last," 10 July 2018 So, the 45th president doesn’t need to act as a touchstone for the drugs, greed, and boys club atmosphere of 1987., "Pose Doesn’t Need Its Donald Trump References," 4 June 2018 The report laid out the standard narrative about Theranos, including healthy doses of deception and greed, an absence of various sorts of oversight, and too much Silicon Valley mythology. Michael J. Joyner, STAT, "Why was Theranos so believable? Medicine needs to look in the mirror," 24 May 2018 Categories included anger and hatred, jealousy, excesses and vices, greed, lust, vanity and laziness. David Brennan, Newsweek, "Florida Is the Most Sinful State in the U.S., and Vermont the Most Virtuous," 22 Feb. 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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English Language Learners Definition of greed

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


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Kids Definition of greed

: selfish desire for more than is needed

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