avarice

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Avarice \Av"a*rice\ ([a^]v"[.a]*r[i^]s), noun [F. avaritia, fr. avarus avaricious, prob. fr. av[=e]re to covet, fr. a root av to satiate one's self: cf. Gr. 'a'menai, 'a^sai, to satiate, Skr. av to satiate one's self, rejoice, protect.]

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

To desire money for its own sake, and in order to hoard it up, is avarice. --Beattie.

2. An inordinate desire for some supposed good.

All are taught an avarice of praise. --Goldsmith.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

avarice

noun

1: reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins) [syn: {avarice}, {greed}, {covetousness}, {rapacity}, {avaritia}]

2: extreme greed for material wealth [syn: {avarice}, {avariciousness}, {covetousness}, {cupidity}]


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