from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Immoderate desire for wealth; cupidity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Excessive or inordinate desire of gain; greediness after wealth; covetousness; cupidity.
- n. Inordinate desire for some supposed good.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. An excessive or inordinate desire of gain; greediness for wealth; covetousness; cupidity.
- n. An inordinate desire for some supposed good.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An inordinate desire of gaining and possessing wealth; covetousness; cupidity; greediness, or insatiable desire of gain.
- n. Synonyms Avarice, Covetousness, Cupidity, penuriousness, closeness, miserliness, all denote bad qualities, corruptions of the natural instinct of possession. Avarice, literally greediness, a strong desire to get objects of value, has become limited, except in figurative uses, so as to express only a sordid and mastering desire to get wealth. Covetousness and cupidity are not limited to wealth, but may have for their object anything that can be desired, cupidity being directed especially toward material things. Covetousness longs to possess that which belongs to another; hence the prohibition in the tenth commandment (Ex. xx. 17). Cupidity is more active than the others, less groveling, and more ready to snatch from others that which covetousness may wish for without trying to get. See penurious.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)
- n. extreme greed for material wealth
Zoretti was an Italian nobleman -- "one of those characters in whose bosom resides an unquenchable thirst of avarice" [ "_thirst_ of _avarice_" is good!], etc.
They say at the end “we hate expencive” the last year it was “avarice is wicked” or somethin like that translated. hope I could help
After all the horror stories about victims of insurane company abuse, the blatant display of avarice is contemptible and cruel.
Considering the Bible clearly states that total dedication to money, avarice, is the root of all evil, this means the world is serving and dedicated to an entity which is an anathema to the very nature of God.
Considering the Bible clearly states that total dedication to money, avarice, is the root of all evil, this means the world is serving, and dedicated to an entity, which is an anathema to the very nature of God.
Vanity, not avarice, is my ruling passion; and so long as young men write to me from America saying that they would rather part with their hair than with their copy of my book, I do not feel the need of food and drink.
Asiatic cholera had its origin in English avarice and cruelty, as they suppose who trace it to the tax which Warren Hastings, when
– I know not what was in his imagination, though certainly he took every opportunity of making very improper speeches to me; but detestable as I believe his morals are, his avarice is greater than any other of his odious passions; and this he found he might gratify, when the success of any other was uncertain; and therefore he affected to be as anxious as my aunt was, to remove me from Rayland Hall.
A rare virus called avarice affects us and the same is capable of inhibiting everything innately human.
Hypocrisy I shall never justify or palliate; but I will dare to observe, that the odious vice of avarice is of all others most hastily arraigned, and most unmercifully condemned.
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