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greed

[greed] /grid/
noun
1.
excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions.
Origin
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.
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Examples for greedless
  • greedless he should not be attached at all to the worldly objects.
British Dictionary definitions for greedless

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
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Word Origin and History for greedless

greed

n.

c.1600, a back-formation from greedy.

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