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English Dictionary: avarice by the DICT Development Group
2 results for avarice
From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:
  1. reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)
    Synonym(s): avarice, greed, covetousness, rapacity, avaritia
  2. extreme greed for material wealth
    Synonym(s): avarice, avariciousness, covetousness, cupidity
From Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913) [web1913]:
   Avarice \Av"a*rice\ ([acr]v"[adot]*r[icr]s), n. [F. avaritia,
      fr. avarus avaricious, prob. fr. av[emac]re to covet, fr. a
      root av to satiate one's self: cf. Gr. 'a`menai, 'a^sai, to
      satiate, Skr. av to satiate one's self, rejoice, protect.]
      1. An excessive or inordinate desire of gain; greediness
            after wealth; covetousness; cupidity.
                     To desire money for its own sake, and in order to
                     hoard it up, is avarice.                     --Beattie.
      2. An inordinate desire for some supposed good.
                     All are taught an avarice of praise.   --Goldsmith.
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