One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Extreme greed for wealth or material possessions; avarice.
avarice, greediness, acquisitiveness, covetousness, rapacity, graspingness, cupidity, avidity, possessiveness, materialismView synonyms
- ‘When a man has pleonexia in his heart he loses sight of God in a mad desire to get.’
- ‘He portrays them as deeply divided, because their pleonexia leaves them dissatisfied and full of self-hatred.’
- ‘He presents pleonexia as a first principle of human nature.’
- ‘Pleonexia is associated with the rational part of the soul.’
- ‘Because we stand to lose more than we could gain from unbridled pleonexia we have entered into a compact neither to do nor to allow injustice.’
Mid 19th century: Greek, from pleonektein ‘be greedy’, from pleiōn ‘more’ + ekhein ‘have’.
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