Definition of avaricious in US English:



  • Having or showing an extreme greed for wealth or material gain.

    ‘a corrupt and avaricious government’
    • ‘Last night, while surfing the web for fun clothing in my size (a fruitless exercise most days), I ran across this site and my avaricious little heart began to pound.’
    • ‘It is time both parents and ambitious students thought of giving a snub to all those avaricious private medical and engineering colleges.’
    • ‘By now the dignitaries - the movers & shakers & financiers - are leathery lizards with avaricious grins.’
    • ‘His love of material things makes him rather avaricious and petty.’
    • ‘The first act deals with the beastly behaviour of bees and act two features avaricious beetles, greedy ducks and dopey crickets with a pronounced Cork accent.’
    • ‘Being an avaricious sort, I keep a long, ever-expanding list of coveted items which I trot out at the appropriate holidays, anniversaries and birthdays.’
    • ‘I am an avaricious devourer of tedious reports.’
    • ‘They also have to ensure that our resources are properly and fairly distributed and do not simply disappear into the pockets of an avaricious elite.’
    • ‘Leylandii trees, those avaricious and monstrous evergreens, have grown another yard, since I last wrote about them, and controlling legislation is still awaited.’
    • ‘The lake has unfortunately lost its pristine glory over the years due to the ceaseless encroachments of the avaricious residents.’
    • ‘I believe that those who went on the rampage were essentially deceitful, avaricious, and prone to anger, hate, and violence.’
    • ‘The Democrats' bill is better, covering all seniors, but it, too, fails to control the corporate price-gouging, soaking taxpayers to enrich the avaricious companies.’
    • ‘Though avaricious capitalists are easy and popular targets for derision, this tale is decidedly more quirky and original than cliché.’
    • ‘Why should I have to stand up and behave like other greedy, acquisitive, avaricious people, arguing and shouting and snarling about something which is a well known truth and is not to be questioned?’
    • ‘Early poverty left her with an avaricious streak and occasionally greed has cost her.’
    • ‘The princess had just about everything her little avaricious heart desired and was pampered and cherished (rightly so!) by her parents and other, assorted family members.’
    • ‘So too with the 10th Commandment's ban on covetousness: No American law forbids wrongful thoughts, but only avaricious actions.’
    • ‘Clearly an ambitious and avaricious individual, she began to specialise in offering services to women who did not want to keep their new-born babies.’
    • ‘So, there comes his avaricious second wife, wicked, scheming and all that you would call ‘evil.’’
    • ‘After all, those corporations are big campaign contributors to both parties, and members of both parties rallied to their avaricious cause.’
    grasping, acquisitive, covetous, greedy, rapacious, mercenary, materialistic, mean, miserly
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Late Middle English: from Old French avaricieux, based on Latin avarus ‘greedy’.