Intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food: mercenaries who had allowed greed to overtake their principles greed has taken over football the colonists' greed for African land
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- His greed and love of power, are of course, allowed to run in parallel by the laws of compulsory purchase.
- It has only bred and encouraged a race for greed and amassing wealth at the cost of the sufferers.
- In our age, the men who shake the planet for their own power and greed are called corrupters.
avarice, acquisitiveness, covetousness, rapacity, graspingness, cupidity, avidity, possessiveness, materialism; mercenariness, predatoriness
informal money-grubbing, money-grabbing
North American informal grabbinessgluttony, hunger, ravenousness, voraciousness, voracity, insatiability; gourmandizing, gourmandism; intemperance, overeating, overconsumption, self-indulgence
rare edacity, esuriencedesire, urge, need, appetite, hunger, craving, longing, yearning, hankering, hungering, thirst, pining; avidity, eagerness, enthusiasm, impatience
late 16th century: back-formation from greedy.