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avarice

[av-er-is] /ˈæv ər ɪs/
noun
1.
insatiable greed for riches; inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin avāritia, equivalent to avār(us) greedy + -itia -ice
Synonyms
cupidity.
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avarice

/ˈævərɪs/
noun
1.
extreme greed for riches; cupidity
Derived Forms
avaricious, adjective
avariciously, adverb
avariciousness, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French, from Latin avaritia, from avārus covetous, from avēre to crave
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avarice

n.

c.1300, from Old French avarice "greed, covetousness" (12c.), from Latin avaritia "greed," from avarus "greedy," adjectival form of avere "crave, long for."

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