One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food.
avarice, greediness, acquisitiveness, covetousness, rapacity, graspingness, cupidity, avidity, possessiveness, materialismgluttony, greediness, hunger, ravenousness, voraciousness, voracity, insatiabilitydesire, urge, need, appetite, hunger, craving, longing, yearning, hankering, hungering, thirst, piningView synonyms
- ‘In an era dominated by greed and selfishness, they acted with phenomenal selflessness.’
- ‘The story is one of family; the bond between brothers put to the test by a terrible act of violence and greed.’
- ‘His greed and love of power, are of course, allowed to run in parallel by the laws of compulsory purchase.’
- ‘You are meant to be helping us and not just serving the developers and greed and money.’
- ‘Such places are more gourmand than gourmet, tied up with the wrong kind of greed and a vulgar desire to impress.’
- ‘But the worse bit is, he is a victim of the stupidity and greed of the parents of those young boys.’
- ‘It has only bred and encouraged a race for greed and amassing wealth at the cost of the sufferers.’
- ‘In our age, the men who shake the planet for their own power and greed are called corrupters.’
- ‘Although legend has made her an icon of female lust, her chief vice was greed.’
- ‘Hundreds of beautiful blooms are lost forever, perhaps mostly because of greed.’
- ‘It's not difficult, use some common sense and purchase for need and not for greed.’
- ‘It just looked like greed and a wilful desire to drive the few remaining little shops out of business.’
- ‘They must be made aware of the troubles that they cause by their own selfish 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.’
- ‘Because of corporate greed elsewhere, he may not be able to get his idea to the market.’
- ‘It is bad for our province and makes a laughing stock of us when greed and power appear to be the cause.’
- ‘Once more, greed has been allowed to take precedence over any regard for health and beauty.’
- ‘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.’
Late 16th century: back-formation from greedy.
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