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greed

[greed] /grid/
noun
1.
excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions.
Origin of greed
1600-1610
1600-10; back formation from greedy
Related forms
greedless, adjective
greedsome, adjective
Synonyms
avarice, avidity, cupidity, covetousness; voracity, ravenousness, rapacity. Greed, greediness denote an excessive, extreme desire for something, often more than one's proper share. Greed means avid desire for gain or wealth (unless some other application is indicated) and is definitely uncomplimentary in implication: His greed drove him to exploit his workers. Greediness, when unqualified, suggests a craving for food; it may, however, be applied to all avid desires, and need not be always uncomplimentary: greediness for knowledge, fame, praise.
Antonyms
generosity.

gree3

[gree] /gri/
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), greed, greeing. British Dialect
1.
Origin
1375-1425; late Middle English; see gree2
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  • How know that I who stand between them and their greed should pass upon their way, come across their path?

    In the Day of Adversity John Bloundelle-Burton
  • Women were like she wolves for greed when they had a brood of whelps.

    The Armourer's Prentices Charlotte M. Yonge
  • Rose started, caught her breath, and stared at the speaker; the greed of gain dilating her great blue eyes.

    For Woman's Love Mrs. E. D. E. N. Southworth
  • There was nothing of the Warden's estimate in these eyes; nothing of cruelty nor deceit nor greed.

    The Underdog F. Hopkinson Smith
  • Lust and greed between them are the occasions of most of the sins of men.

    Expositions of Holy Scripture Alexander Maclaren
British Dictionary definitions for greed

greed

/ɡriːd/
noun
1.
excessive consumption of or desire for food; gluttony
2.
excessive desire, as for wealth or power
Derived Forms
greedless, adjective
Word Origin
C17: back formation from greedy

gree1

/ɡriː/
noun (Scot, archaic)
1.
superiority or victory
2.
the prize for a victory
Word Origin
C14: from Old French gré, from Latin gradus step

gree2

/ɡriː/
noun (obsolete)
1.
goodwill; favour
2.
satisfaction for an insult or injury
Word Origin
C14: from Old French gré, from Latin grātum what is pleasing; see grateful

gree3

/ɡriː/
verb grees, greeing, greed
1.
(archaic or dialect) to come or cause to come to agreement or harmony
Word Origin
C14: variant of agree
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Word Origin and History for greed
n.

c.1600, a back-formation from greedy.

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