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Excessively interested in acquiring money or material things:‘we live in a competitive and acquisitive society’
greedy, hoarding, covetous, avaricious, possessive, grasping, grabbing, predatory, avid, rapacious, mercenary, materialistic, money-orientedmoney-grubbing, money-grabbing, on the makegrabbyhungryquaestuary, mammonish, mammonisticView synonyms
- ‘But the acquisitive instinct fostered by capitalism would come to subvert the moral basis that initially allowed the system to flourish.’
- ‘How ironic that we train our children first to be good, social human beings, only to later demand that they act like acquisitive, productivist, hardhearted machines.’
- ‘Unfortunately, by the time they arrived, my tastebuds had changed their mind and started eyeing my Timothy's scrambled eggs in an acquisitive manner.’
- ‘The old-fashioned notion of only buying what you could afford has long since lost its attraction in today's more acquisitive society, in which instant gratification is the thing.’
- ‘Maybe his most impressive insight was a negative one: of all radical thinkers, he alone recognised that the acquisitive instinct wasn't going away.’
- ‘People in most of the industrialized nations, especially the USA, are regarded as members of the so-called affluent society or the acquisitive society.’
- ‘Life is just one big vain, greedy, acquisitive, covetous, furious orgy - and then you die.’
- ‘Again, if a society is competitive and acquisitive in orientation, the kings and chiefs will necessarily reflect that in their behaviour and lifestyles.’
- ‘Britain was on the eve of the acquisitive era of material greed: fibre-optic lamps and brown leather sofas were already ubiquitous status symbols.’
- ‘They probably all drive People Carriers and conversation is solely about one-upmanship, acquisitive materialism and diets.’
- ‘Greedy and acquisitive, he set his sights on this land in order to carve out a feudal domain for himself.’
- ‘The red flags of criminal money-making differ from those thrown up by terrorist money-making, because the first shows exploitation of the financial system for acquisitive ends.’
- ‘To maximise performance in the 21st century states require flexible economies, competitive tax rates and an acquisitive, dynamic private sector.’
- ‘The growth of acquisitive crime predated the spread of heroin use, but eventually these trends became interconnected and fueled each other.’
- ‘People charged with so-called acquisitive crime - such as burglary and theft from vehicles so they can buy drugs - are tested in two custody suites for heroin and cocaine use.’
- ‘But mostly I think I'm too acquisitive to let books go.’
- ‘United's determination to avoid debt made it devastatingly attractive to acquisitive entrepreneurs, but wondering how to expand its revenue was the problem.’
- ‘Professionals seemed as greedy and acquisitive as any other group of workers.’
- ‘An exaggerated competitive attitude is inculcated into the student, who is trained to worship acquisitive success as a preparation for his future career.’
- ‘In this grotesquely acquisitive society, all cultural markers are subject to violent revision as the inhabitants seek to fulfil their various appetites.’
Mid 19th century: from French acquisitif, -ive, from late Latin acquisitivus. from Latin acquisit- acquired, from the verb acquirere (see acquire).
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