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 of greed from the Web
Gadot balances the toughness, savvy, and confidence of a warrior with the childlike confusion of someone who's never known a world filled with hatred, hunger, greed, selfishness, even death.
On the other hand, the Bible repeatedly warns us against the dangers of greed and covetousness.
Trump is a perfect exemplar of the greed that is inherent in the idea of the American Dream, which is the idea that the individual is more important than the community.
There are all of the classics, of course: greed, desire, sloth, all different versions of self.
All of it, simple American greed magnified by a culture of celebrity and, through a fluke presidential election, dropped like a dead squirrel in a chimney into the world's greatest democracy—and, as a result, stinking up the entire joint.
After the neutral prime, upper-SES people were more likely to behave unethically, but a greed prime reversed the roles.
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Origin and Etymology of greed
back-formation from greedy
First Known Use: 1609See Words from the same year
GREED Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of greed for English Language Learners
: a selfish desire to have more of something (especially money)
GREED Defined for Kids
Definition of greed for Students
: selfish desire for more than is needed
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