Definition of avaricious in English:


Syllabification: av·a·ri·cious
Pronunciation: /ˌavəˈriSHəs


Having or showing an extreme greed for wealth or material gain: a corrupt and avaricious government
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  • Early poverty left her with an avaricious streak and occasionally greed has cost her.
  • 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?
  • 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.


late Middle English: from Old French avaricieux, based on Latin avarus 'greedy' (see avarice).



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  • As China sheds its cultural opposition to consumerism, decadence and so on, it is quickly and avariciously making the move from commodity manufacturing to rolling-out consumer brands.
  • I especially liked the way that PC looked avariciously at it last night and said ‘Ohhh, where did you get that?’
  • TV dramas and shows are partly to blame for this trend if people pursue money avariciously.


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  • I did not know that this covers a grasping avariciousness by the family towards the children.
  • This has, he argues, ‘removed the taint of avariciousness that had always discoloured the market’.
  • I would suggest however, that the richer members of York society are just as guilty and that it's their avariciousness that is also to blame.

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