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avaricious

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of avaricious

  1. having or marked by an eager and often selfish desire especially for material possessions an avaricious scheme to con the elderly couple out of thousands of dollars Synonyms of avaricious acquisitive, greedy, avid, coveting, covetous, grabby, grasping, mercenary, moneygrubbing, rapaciousWords Related to avaricious commercialistic, materialistic, philistine; desirous, eager, itchy, lickerish, miserly; hoggish, piggish, piggy, swinish; devouring, gluttonous, gobbling, insatiable, ravenous, unquenchable, voracious; egocentric, egoistic (also egoistical), egotistic (or egotistical), self-centered, self-seeking; discontent, discontented, malcontent, unsatisfied; begrudging, grudging, resentfulNear Antonyms of avaricious nonmaterialistic; altruistic, bounteous, bountiful, charitable, freehanded, generous, greathearted, handsome, liberal, magnanimous, munificent, openhanded, openhearted, selfless, unselfish, unsparing; controlled, moderate, restrained, temperate; content, sated, satisfied

Synonym Discussion of avaricious

covetous, greedy, acquisitive, grasping, avaricious mean having or showing a strong desire for especially material possessions. covetous implies inordinate desire often for another's possessions.
    • covetous of his brother's country estate
greedy stresses lack of restraint and often of discrimination in desire.
    • greedy for status symbols
acquisitive implies both eagerness to possess and ability to acquire and keep.
    • an eagerly acquisitive mind
grasping adds to covetous and greedy an implication of selfishness and often suggests unfair or ruthless means.
    • a hard grasping trader who cheated the natives
avaricious implies obsessive acquisitiveness especially of money and strongly suggests stinginess.
    • an avaricious miser


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