excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions.

1600–10; back formation from greedy

greedless, adjective
greedsome, adjective

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.

generosity. Unabridged


3 [gree]
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), greed, greeing. British Dialect.

1375–1425; late Middle English; see gree2 Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
gree1 (ɡriː)
1.  superiority or victory
2.  the prize for a victory
[C14: from Old French gré, from Latin gradus step]

gree2 (ɡriː)
1.  goodwill; favour
2.  satisfaction for an insult or injury
[C14: from Old French gré, from Latin grātum what is pleasing; see grateful]

gree3 (ɡriː)
vb , grees, greeing, greed
archaic, dialect or to come or cause to come to agreement or harmony
[C14: variant of agree]

greed (ɡriːd)
1.  excessive consumption of or desire for food; gluttony
2.  excessive desire, as for wealth or power
[C17: back formation from greedy]

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Word Origin & History

c.1600, a back formation from greedy.
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Example sentences
The most pressing issue facing the world is greed.
Well, with all our greed we are going to doom ourselves.
In normal times, it runs on a healthy mix of fear and greed.
Again greed triumphs and human life is sacrificed on the front line.
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