Definition of avarice in English:



mass noun
  • Extreme greed for wealth or material gain.

    ‘he was rich beyond the dreams of avarice’
    • ‘Can you imagine all that greed and avarice coming down on that child's lips.’
    • ‘At the same time, dogs typically lack the worst human traits, including avarice, apathy, pettiness, and hatred.’
    • ‘Written with charm and humour, this is a touching, absorbing oddity of a book about love, grief, avarice and generosity.’
    • ‘But the stories of avarice and greed and frat boy idiocy are only a part of the tale.’
    • ‘Sometimes overzealousness, greed, avarice, or fear of reprisal can affect human judgment.’
    • ‘It might seem natural that merriment goes with wealth beyond the dreams of avarice but that, when you think about it, is hardly ever the case.’
    • ‘Today's polls reflect the sharp end of years of inculcation of avarice and greed in our society.’
    • ‘It's possible that greed and avarice have been the strongest feelings.’
    • ‘The good old sins of avarice and greed help to compound the problems.’
    • ‘Greed and avarice, pride and gluttony, lust and jealousy rise like corrupting daemons from the bowels of the Earth.’
    • ‘Its heritage of canon law sought to restrict greed and avarice for the common good of society.’
    • ‘But on second thought, aren't avarice and greed the same thing?’
    • ‘It's fashionable to turn a blind eye to the exponential growth of executive rewards beyond the dreams of avarice that bear no relationship to economic worth.’
    • ‘He abolished all taxes on Muslims throughout all the territories - though its yield was more than the dreams of avarice.’
    • ‘Its people became rich beyond all dreams of avarice, and in one generation not only have they blown it but they have blown their health, as well.’
    • ‘In a time when avarice and greed is epidemic, why is a belief system that targets desire and possessions as the cause of unhappiness drawing hundreds of new followers each year?’
    • ‘Being free from avarice, the material wealth has absolutely no significance for Shiva.’
    • ‘It's the roar of selfishness, greed, vanity, avarice, addiction, lust and pointless stupidity.’
    • ‘One of the most persistent criticisms of capitalism is that it fosters avarice and greed.’
    • ‘The staggering truth, as we discovered, was that the degree of avarice and greed was so much that you could actually work yourself all the way up.’
    greed, acquisitiveness, cupidity, covetousness, avariciousness, rapacity, rapaciousness, graspingness, materialism, mercenariness
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Middle English: from Old French, from Latin avaritia, from avarus ‘greedy’.