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ˈæv ər ɪsavarice

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. avarice, greed, covetousness, rapacity, avaritianoun

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

  2. avarice, avariciousness, covetousness, cupiditynoun

    extreme greed for material wealth


  1. avaricenoun

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

  2. avaricenoun

    Inordinate desire for some supposed good.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. AVARICEnoun

    Covetousness; insatiable desire.

    Etymology: avarice, Fr. avaritia, Lat.

    There grows
    In my most ill compos’d affection, such
    A stanchless avarice, that were I king,
    I should cut off the nobles for their lands. William Shakespeare, Macbeth.

    This avarice of praise in times to come,
    Those long inscriptions crouded on the tomb. John Dryden, Juv.

    Nor love his peace of mind destroys,
    Nor wicked avarice of wealth. Dryden.

    Avarice is insatiable; and so he went still pushing on for more. Roger L'Estrange.


  1. Avarice

    Greed (or avarice) is an uncontrolled longing for increase in the acquisition or use of material gain (be it food, money, land, or animate/inanimate possessions); or social value, such as status, or power. Greed has been identified as undesirable throughout known human history because it creates behavior-conflict between personal and social goals.


  1. avarice

    Avarice is an extreme greed or desire for wealth, material gain or any other form of possessions often in an excessive and unsatisfactory manner. This sinful or negative characteristic can often lead to harmful behaviors or actions.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Avaricenoun

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

  2. Avaricenoun

    an inordinate desire for some supposed good

  3. Etymology: [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.

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    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. Mahabharata:

    Heaven?s gate is narrow and minute,* It cannot be perceived by foolish men, Blinded by vain illusions of the world. E?en the clear-sighted, who discern the way And seek to enter, find the portal barred And hard to be unlocked. Its massive bolts Are pride and passion, avarice and lust.

  2. Dante Alighieri, The Divine Comedy:

    Avarice, envy, pride, Three fatal sparks, have set the hearts of all On Fire.

  3. Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter:

    Today is a bittersweet day for the Tony Satterfield and Harriott Families, avarice and betrayal of trust are at the heart of this matter. Lawsuits and claims are not vehicles for Eric Bland and Ronnie Richter, defendants and/or friends to enrich themselves at the expense of their clients. These belong to the clients and the clients only. This is the sacred trust that lawyers and fiduciaries owe their clients. 100 % fidelity and never putting their interests over the clients.

  4. Charles Caleb Colton:

    Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.

  5. The Hitopadesa:

    Through avarice a man loses his understanding, and by his thirst for wealth he gives pain to the inhabitants of both worlds.

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