Definition of avarice in English:



mass noun
  • Extreme greed for wealth or material gain.

    ‘he was rich beyond the dreams of avarice’
    • ‘It's the roar of selfishness, greed, vanity, avarice, addiction, lust and pointless stupidity.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Today's polls reflect the sharp end of years of inculcation of avarice and greed in our society.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Sometimes overzealousness, greed, avarice, or fear of reprisal can affect human judgment.’
    • ‘Its heritage of canon law sought to restrict greed and avarice for the common good of society.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He abolished all taxes on Muslims throughout all the territories - though its yield was more than the dreams of avarice.’
    • ‘Greed and avarice, pride and gluttony, lust and jealousy rise like corrupting daemons from the bowels of the Earth.’
    • ‘Written with charm and humour, this is a touching, absorbing oddity of a book about love, grief, avarice and generosity.’
    • ‘The good old sins of avarice and greed help to compound the problems.’
    • ‘One of the most persistent criticisms of capitalism is that it fosters avarice and greed.’
    • ‘It's possible that greed and avarice have been the strongest feelings.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But the stories of avarice and greed and frat boy idiocy are only a part of the tale.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But on second thought, aren't avarice and greed the same thing?’
    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’.