Definition of avarice in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈav(ə)rɪs/


[mass noun]
Extreme greed for wealth or material gain: he was rich beyond the dreams of avarice
More 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, acquisitiveness, cupidity, covetousness, avariciousness, rapacity, rapaciousness, graspingness, materialism, mercenariness;
meanness, miserliness
informal money-grubbing, money-grabbing, an itching palm
North American informal grabbiness
rare Mammonism, pleonexia


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

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