avarice

[av-er-is]
noun
insatiable greed for riches; inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth.

Origin:
1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin avāritia, equivalent to avār(us) greedy + -itia -ice


cupidity.
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avarice (ˈævərɪs)
 
n
extreme greed for riches; cupidity
 
[C13: from Old French, from Latin avaritia, from avārus covetous, from avēre to crave]
 
ava'ricious
 
adj
 
ava'riciously
 
adv
 
ava'riciousness
 
n

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Main Entry:  avarice
Part of Speech:  n
Definition:  excessive or insatiable desire or greed; cupidity
Etymology:  Latin avere 'to covet'
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avarice
c.1300, from O.Fr. avarice (12c.), from L. avaritia "greed," from avarus "greedy," adj. form of avere "crave, long for."
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Example sentences
She turned away and bent over the tea chest again, cleanly stabbed by avarice,
  like a peach with a silver knife.
Usually, politics is about the avarice of one person or group in conflict .
But the market also threatened to unleash avarice, wreak havoc on traditions,
  and destroy any sense of the common good.
His characters are motivated by lust, avarice and vanity but elicit sympathy
  because of their vulnerability.
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