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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
Recent Examples on the Web Others blame the greed of billionaire Stan Kroenke who not only owns Altitude Sports but also owns the Denver Nuggets, Colorado Avalanche, Colorado Mammoth and Colorado Rapids. The Denver Post Editorial Board, The Denver Post, "Editorial: Give fans the Nuggets and Avs with a short-term deal," 23 Nov. 2019 Many think of it as an on-ramp to dishonesty, greed, selfishness, and, ultimately, dissatisfaction. Samantha Boardman, Marie Claire, "Is There Such a Thing as Too Much Ambition?," 8 Nov. 2019 In our troubled healthcare landscape, the terrifying implications of the tainted antibiotics and the rampant greed of the mega-corporation read as chillingly real. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "Hot Stuff: Five new romance novels are all about second chances," 3 Nov. 2019 His campaign platform is centered on fighting the greed of major corporate interests, whether pharmaceutical companies, the fossil fuel industry, or private insurance industry. Tara Golshan, Vox, "The divide between Harris and Sanders on health care is deepening.," 20 Aug. 2019 The implications are profound and obvious: regardless of the greed and misdirection of a few bad apple doctors, government restrictions on prescribing opioids to pain patients are based on mythology, not fact. STAT, "Stop persecuting doctors for legitimately prescribing opioids for chronic pain," 28 June 2019 When your team has won only two of its last 18 games, as the Jets have, such a transaction does not signify greed as much as common sense. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Jets and Giants Vie for Best New York Team Not Named the Bills," 8 Nov. 2019 The body that governs college athletes has shown such greed and hypocrisy that red states, blue states and purple states are joining forces to kneecap it. Shawn Windsor, Detroit Free Press, "New NCAA rules could help MSU, Michigan compete with Ohio State, Alabama | Opinion," 31 Oct. 2019 Newsom has argued that greed and mismanagement led to the maintenance issues that require the utility to use blackouts during wildfire weather. Tim Stelloh, NBC News, "California braces for more fires, blackouts as part of state's new 'normal'," 29 Oct. 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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29 Nov 2019

Cite this Entry

“Greed.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 8 December 2019.

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How to pronounce greed (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of greed

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


\ ˈgrēd How to pronounce greed (audio) \

Kids Definition of greed

: selfish desire for more than is needed

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