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[av-er-is] /ˈæv ər ɪs/
insatiable greed for riches; inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth.
Origin of avarice
1250-1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin avāritia, equivalent to avār(us) greedy + -itia -ice
cupidity. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for avarice
  • 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.
  • Ponzi had struck a perfect balance among the forces competing to control the new American identity: altruism and avarice.
  • If investors make money while they satisfy their avarice, so be it.
  • Envy goes beyond avarice.
  • They will be bought and sold at auction for years to come, and like it or not, avarice will be their handmaid.
  • avarice, altruism, and policy had aligned to fuel a spectacular boom.
  • Sadly, his observations seem benign in comparison with today's levels of avarice and exploitation.
British Dictionary definitions for avarice


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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Contemporary definitions for avarice

excessive or insatiable desire or greed; cupidity

Word Origin

Latin avere 'to covet''s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for avarice

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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