greed

noun
\ˈgrēd \

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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Motivated not by greed or self interest, Swildens stepped headfirst into one of the hottest Silicon Valley fights of the last decade, Waymo v. Uber, and won. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "A Solo Engineer Challenged a Waymo Self-Driving Patent—And Won," 3 Oct. 2018 The mistrust of bureaucracy and human greed that’s fueled his environmental endeavors betrays a greater wariness of power, privilege, and the myth of masculinity. Marley Marius, Vogue, "An Ode to Robert Redford, on What May Be His Retirement From Acting," 25 Sep. 2018 Even without the rise of online pharmacies, there have been multiple food and medicine adulteration cases, some due to carelessness, some due to greed. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "Musical instrument goes flat in presence of adulterated medicine," 17 Sep. 2018 And the ones who donated only a little actually felt worse about themselves, indicating a biological link between greed and shame. Brennan Kilbane, Allure, "How Random Acts of Kindness Can Improve Your Health and Wellbeing," 1 Aug. 2018 The work ethic that inspires the Lehmans morphs into greed and brings the bank low. The Economist, "On stage, the saga of the Lehman brothers is a parable of America," 12 July 2018 Scorpion plays as a series of parables about the wickedness of modern life and its signal sins of greed, vanity, and pride. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Why Drake Can’t Pull Off Being the ‘Good Guy’," 5 July 2018 Its nascent Twitter account, too, uses a line of attack centered on greed and price gouging, but does not acknowledge the site’s ties to the campaign. Lev Facher, STAT, "Read the fine print: N.J. senator sets up phony health news website to attack challenger Bob Hugin," 13 July 2018 When money gets tight, greed turns to fear and investors retreat from the riskiest assets. James Mackintosh, WSJ, "Is the Dollar to Blame for the Global Market Malaise?," 5 July 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 \

Kids Definition of greed

: selfish desire for more than is needed

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