Definition of greed in English:



mass noun
  • Intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food.

    ‘mercenaries who had allowed greed to overtake their principles’
    ‘greed has taken over football’
    ‘the colonists' greed for African land’
    • ‘It is bad for our province and makes a laughing stock of us when greed and power appear to be the cause.’
    • ‘It just looked like greed and a wilful desire to drive the few remaining little shops out of business.’
    • ‘The story is one of family; the bond between brothers put to the test by a terrible act of violence and greed.’
    • ‘But the worse bit is, he is a victim of the stupidity and greed of the parents of those young boys.’
    • ‘In our age, the men who shake the planet for their own power and greed are called corrupters.’
    • ‘Once more, greed has been allowed to take precedence over any regard for health and beauty.’
    • ‘You are meant to be helping us and not just serving the developers and greed and money.’
    • ‘He was fuelled by his greed, with no conscious thoughts except for gaining his desire.’
    • ‘Some say the war is fuelled by greed more than politics, and will never end.’
    • ‘In an era dominated by greed and selfishness, they acted with phenomenal selflessness.’
    • ‘Although legend has made her an icon of female lust, her chief vice was greed.’
    • ‘His greed and love of power, are of course, allowed to run in parallel by the laws of compulsory purchase.’
    • ‘They must be made aware of the troubles that they cause by their own selfish greed.’
    • ‘It has only bred and encouraged a race for greed and amassing wealth at the cost of the sufferers.’
    • ‘Such places are more gourmand than gourmet, tied up with the wrong kind of greed and a vulgar desire to impress.’
    • ‘Because of corporate greed elsewhere, he may not be able to get his idea to the market.’
    • ‘Hundreds of beautiful blooms are lost forever, perhaps mostly because of greed.’
    • ‘On top of that there are the human factors of greed, vanity or just plain ignorance that can creep in.’
    • ‘Yet what holds the play together is a sense of disloyalty and unscrupulous greed.’
    • ‘It's not difficult, use some common sense and purchase for need and not for greed.’
    avarice, greediness, acquisitiveness, covetousness, rapacity, graspingness, cupidity, avidity, possessiveness, materialism
    gluttony, greediness, hunger, ravenousness, voraciousness, voracity, insatiability
    desire, urge, need, appetite, hunger, craving, longing, yearning, hankering, hungering, thirst, pining
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Late 16th century: back-formation from greedy.