Definition of Avarice

1. Noun. Reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins).

Exact synonyms: Avaritia, Covetousness, Greed, Rapacity
Generic synonyms: Deadly Sin, Mortal Sin
Derivative terms: Avaricious, Covetous, Greedy, Rapacious



2. Noun. Extreme greed for material wealth.
Exact synonyms: Avariciousness, Covetousness, Cupidity
Generic synonyms: Greed
Derivative terms: Avaricious, Avaricious, Covetous

Definition of Avarice

1. n. An excessive or inordinate desire of gain; greediness after wealth; covetousness; cupidity.

Definition of Avarice

1. Noun. Excessive or inordinate desire of gain; greediness after wealth; covetousness; cupidity. ¹

2. Noun. Inordinate desire for some supposed good. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Avarice

1. greed [n -S] - See also: greed

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avarice (current term)
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avascular necroses
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Literary usage of Avarice

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1. Lessons in Elocution: Or, A Selection of Pieces, in Prose and Verse, for the by William Scott (1820)
"avarice was likewise very strong in his officers, being faithfully served by ... As avarice conducted himself by the counsels of Poverty, his antagonist was ..."

2. Lessons in Elocution, Or, A Selection of Pieces in Prose and Verse: For the by William Scott (1789)
"avarice and Luxury. 'T'HERE were two very powerful tyrants engaged in a perpetual war ... avarice. The aim of each "of them was no lefs than ..."

3. Daniel Defoe: His Life and Recently Discovered Writings: Extending from 1716 by Lee, William, Daniel Defoe (1869)
"avarice knows no Bounds, has no Limitations to its Desires, no Laws to its voracious grasp after Wealth. Nothing so mean but it will stoop to, ..."

4. Seneca's Morals by Lucius Annaeus Seneca (1818)
"What is the end of ambition and avarice, when at best we are but stewards ... avarice is so insatiable, that it is not in the power of liberality to content ..."

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