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Syllabification: greed
Pronunciation: /ɡrēd

Definition of greed in English:


Intense and selfish desire for something, especially wealth, power, or food.
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.


late 16th century: back-formation from greedy.

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