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ˈæv ər ɪsavarice

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. avarice, greed, covetousness, rapacity, avaritia(noun)

    reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)

  2. avarice, avariciousness, covetousness, cupidity(noun)

    extreme greed for material wealth


  1. avarice(Noun)

    Excessive or inordinate desire of gain; greediness after wealth; covetousness; cupidity.

  2. avarice(Noun)

    Inordinate desire for some supposed good.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Avarice(noun)

    an excessive or inordinate desire of gain; greediness after wealth; covetousness; cupidity

  2. Avarice(noun)

    an inordinate desire for some supposed good

  3. Origin: [F. avaritia, fr. avarus avaricious, prob. fr. avre to covet, fr. a root av to satiate one's self: cf. Gr. 'a`menai, 'a^sai, to satiate, Skr. av to satiate one's self, rejoice, protect.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Avarice

    av′ar-is, n. eager desire for wealth: covetousness.—adj. Avari′cious, extremely covetous: greedy.—adv. Avari′ciously.—n. Avari′ciousness. [Fr.—L. avaritiaavarus, greedy—avēre, to pant after.]

Editors Contribution

  1. Avarice

    Avarice is reprehensible acquisitiveness, excessive and insatiable desire to acquire or possess more wealth, riches or material gain than one needs or deserves. In other words, avarice is the highest level of greed or greediness.

    Emeasoba George

    Submitted by emeasoba_g on March 3, 2018  

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of avarice in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of avarice in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of avarice in a Sentence

  1. David Hume:

    Avarice, the spur of industry.

  2. Matthew Green (c. 1737):

    Avarice is the sphincter of the heart.

  3. Walter Savage Landor:

    Ambition is but avarice on stilts and masked.

  4. Charles Caleb Colton:

    Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.

  5. Emily Elizabeth Dickinson:

    My friends are my estate. Forgive me then the avarice to hoard them

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