avaricious

[av-uh-rish-uhs]
adjective
characterized by avarice; greedy; covetous.

Origin:
1425–75; late Middle English; see avarice, -ious

avariciously, adverb
avariciousness, noun


Avaricious, covetous, greedy, rapacious share the sense of desiring to possess more of something than one already has or might in normal circumstances be entitled to. Avaricious often implies a pathological, driven greediness for money or other valuables and usually suggests a concomitant miserliness: the cheerless dwelling of an avaricious usurer. Covetous implies a powerful and usually illicit desire for the property or possessions of another: The book collector was openly covetous of my rare first edition. Greedy the most general of these terms, suggests a naked and uncontrolled desire for almost anything—food and drink, money, emotional gratification: embarrassingly greedy for praise. Rapacious stronger and more assertive than the other terms, implies an aggressive, predatory, insatiable, and unprincipled desire for possessions and power: a rapacious frequenter of tax sales and forced auctions.
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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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avaricious
late 15c., from Fr. avaricieux, from avarice (see avarice).
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Example sentences
The cloud over the business world comes not so much from law-breaking as from
  avaricious bruising of the public interest.
If she chooses to be avaricious she will be a hated and opposed leader.
The avaricious arachnid returns in this trickster-gets-tricked tale from Ghana.
Brands are the 20th century version of avaricious colonists swapping beads for
  land with naive natives.
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