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greed Line breaks: greed
Pronunciation: /ɡriːd/

Definition of greed in English:


[mass noun]
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
More example sentences
  • 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 grabbiness
rare Mammonism, pleonexia
gluttony, hunger, ravenousness, voraciousness, voracity, insatiability;
gourmandizing, gourmandism;
intemperance, overeating, overconsumption, self-indulgence
informal swinishness, piggishness, hoggishness, gutsiness
rare edacity, esurience
desire, urge, need, appetite, hunger, craving, longing, yearning, hankering, hungering, thirst, pining;
avidity, eagerness, enthusiasm, impatience
informal yen, itch


Late 16th century: back-formation from greedy.

Words that rhyme with greed

accede, bead, Bede, bleed, breed, cede, concede, creed, deed, Eid, exceed, feed, Gide, God speed, he'd, heed, impede, interbreed, intercede, Jamshid, knead, lead, mead, Mede, meed, misdeed, mislead, misread, need, plead, proceed, read, rede, reed, Reid, retrocede, screed, secede, seed, she'd, speed, stampede, steed, succeed, supersede, Swede, tweed, weak-kneed, we'd, weed
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