Definition of pleonexia in English:


Line breaks: ple¦on|exia
Pronunciation: /pliːəˈnɛksɪə


[mass noun] rare
  • Extreme greed for wealth or material possessions; avarice.
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    • When a man has pleonexia in his heart he loses sight of God in a mad desire to get.
    • Pleonexia is associated with the rational part of the soul.
    • He portrays them as deeply divided, because their pleonexia leaves them dissatisfied and full of self-hatred.



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  • The desire to have more than one's share and to deprive others of their basic needs spawns pathological behavior in the pleonectic person.
  • The attempted lawgiving of the wolf commander is undermined by the lawgiver's pleonectic sequestering of his own booty from the hunt.
  • The legislators will have to seek out and punish those who exhibit pleonectic desires.


mid 19th century: Greek, from pleonektein 'be greedy', from pleiōn 'more' + ekhein 'have'.

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