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avaricious

[av-uh-rish-uh s] /ˌæv əˈrɪʃ əs/
adjective
1.
characterized by avarice; greedy; covetous.
Origin of avaricious
late Middle English
1425-1475
1425-75; late Middle English; see avarice, -ious
Related forms
avariciously, adverb
avariciousness, noun
Synonyms
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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  • What if his government were proved to be one of the most corrupt, avaricious, tyrannical, that ever existed upon earth?

  • Many of them were avaricious, timid, lazy and inattentive to their duties.

  • He knew instinctively that she was avaricious by nature, and would be likely to do anything for gain.

    The Day of Judgment Joseph Hocking
  • The avaricious are out of the pale of peace already, and at all events.

    Deerbrook Harriet Martineau
  • "Unscrupulous, fierce, and avaricious," he is a type of the great feudal churchmen when they were veritable rulers.

  • What, and expose all our hoarded wealth to the eyes of the avaricious crew!

    Captain Mugford W.H.G. Kingston
  • And she strove to impart an expression of compassionate good-nature to her long, avaricious, false face.

    Fruitfulness Emile Zola
Word Origin and History for avaricious
adj.

late 15c., from Old French avaricios "greedy, covetous" (Modern French avaricieux), from avarice (see avarice). An Old English word for it was feoh-georn. Related: Avariciously; avariciousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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