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Meaning of AVARICE

Pronunciation:  'avuris

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)
  2. [n]  extreme greed for material wealth

AVARICE is a 7 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: avariciousness, avaritia, covetousness, covetousness, cupidity, greed, rapacity
 See Also: deadly sin, greed, mortal sin



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Av"a*rice\ ([a^]v"[.a]*r[i^]s), n. [F. avaritia, fr.
avarus avaricious, prob. fr. av[=e]re to covet, fr. a root av
to satiate one's self: cf. Gr. 'a`menai, 'a^sai, to satiate,
Skr. av to satiate one's self, rejoice, protect.]
1. An excessive or inordinate desire of gain; greediness
   after wealth; covetousness; cupidity.

         To desire money for its own sake, and in order to
         hoard it up, is avarice.              --Beattie.

2. An inordinate desire for some supposed good.

         All are taught an avarice of praise.  --Goldsmith.

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