Definition of pleonexia in English:

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Pronunciation: /pliːəˈnɛksɪə/


[mass noun] rare
Extreme greed for wealth or material possessions; avarice.
Example sentences
  • He portrays them as deeply divided, because their pleonexia leaves them dissatisfied and full of self-hatred.
  • Because we stand to lose more than we could gain from unbridled pleonexia we have entered into a compact neither to do nor to allow injustice.
  • He presents pleonexia as a first principle of human nature.



Example sentences
  • By nature we are all pleonectic.
  • Given the conventional character of justice and our own pleonectic nature, why should any one of us be just, in any context in which injustice would be profitable?
  • 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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