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[mass noun] Excessive interest in acquiring money or material things:‘a culture of acquisitiveness permeated his administration’
greed, greediness, covetousness, cupidity, possessiveness, grasping, graspingness, grabbing, avarice, avidity, predatoriness, rapaciousness, rapacity, voracity, voraciousness, mercenariness, materialismmoney-grubbing, money-grabbinggrabbinessmammonismView synonyms
- ‘Yet this lack of acquisitiveness, this disregard for hoarding, has earned indigenous communities sobriquets like ‘uncivilized’ or ‘primitive’.’
- ‘For those entering the workforce, acquisitiveness and competition too frequently eclipse other philosophical and religious values, including that of the greater good.’
- ‘Christmas now seems to me to be the designated place where acquisitiveness runs full face into the problem of morality in childrearing.’
- ‘But capitalism does not reward compassion and cooperation; it is driven by acquisitiveness and individualism.’
- ‘And yet the picture represents the horse precisely as an English acquisition, as a sign of his aristocratic English owner's good taste and imperial acquisitiveness.’
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