- Excessive interest in acquiring money or material things: a culture of acquisitiveness permeated his administrationMore example sentences
greed, greediness, covetousness, cupidity, possessiveness, grasping, graspingness, grabbing, avarice, avidity, predatoriness, rapaciousness, rapacity, voracity, voraciousness, mercenariness, materialism• informal money-grubbing, money-grabbingNorth American • informal grabbiness• rare Mammonism
- Yet this lack of acquisitiveness, this disregard for hoarding, has earned indigenous communities sobriquets like ‘uncivilized’ or ‘primitive’.
- For those entering the workforce, acquisitiveness and competition too frequently eclipse other philosophical and religious values, including that of the greater good.
- But capitalism does not reward compassion and cooperation; it is driven by acquisitiveness and individualism.