Definition of avarice in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈavərəs/


Extreme greed for wealth or material gain.
Example sentences
  • Being free from avarice, the material wealth has absolutely no significance for Shiva.
  • The staggering truth, as we discovered, was that the degree of avarice and greed was so much that you could actually work yourself all the way up.
  • In a time when avarice and greed is epidemic, why is a belief system that targets desire and possessions as the cause of unhappiness drawing hundreds of new followers each year?
greed, greediness, acquisitiveness, cupidity, covetousness, rapacity, materialism, mercenariness
rare pleonexia
informal money-grubbing, affluenza


Middle English: from Old French, from Latin avaritia, from avarus 'greedy'.

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Syllabification: av·a·rice

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