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[av-uh-rish-uh s] /ˌæv əˈrɪʃ əs/
characterized by avarice; greedy; covetous.
Origin of avaricious
late Middle English
1425-75; late Middle English; see avarice, -ious
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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. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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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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