greed

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n greed reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)
    • n greed excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deserves
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Greed grēd" An eager desire or longing; greediness; as, a greed of gain.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n greed An excessively eager desire to possess something, especially wealth; avaricious desire; especially, coarse and brutal avarice.
    • n greed A greedy person.
    • n greed Synonyms Greediness, Greed; eagerness, avidity. Greediness is used either literally or figuratively, as greediness for food, greediness for favors, applause, knowledge; greed has now lost its literal sense, and is rarely used except for avarice and in such phrases as greed of gain, greed of wealth, greed of gold.
    • greed To cry; cry out; call.
    • n greed A pondweed (Potamogeton in several species): usually in plural.
    • n greed plural Straw used to make manure in a farm-yard.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Greed an eager desire or longing: covetousness
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Quotations

  • Ivan F. Boesky
    Ivan F. Boesky
    “Greed is all right, by the way I think greed is healthy. You can be greedy and still feel good about yourself.”
  • Bill Clinton
    Bill Clinton
    “I have news for the forces of greed and the defenders of the status quo; your time has come and gone. It's time for change in America.”
  • Cyril Connolly
    Cyril%20Connolly
    “Greed, like the love of comfort, is a kind of fear.”
  • Milton Friedman
    Milton%20Friedman
    “The problem of social organization is how to set up an arrangement under which greed will do the least harm, capitalism is that kind of a system.”
  • Seneca
    Seneca
    “For greed all nature is too little.”
  • Garrison Keillor
    Garrison Keillor
    “Even in a time of elephantine vanity and greed, one never has to look far to see the campfires of gentle people.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to Goth. grēdus, hunger, Icel. grāðr,. √34. See Greedy.
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
A.S. grǽdig; Dut. gretig.

Usage

In literature:

And all this was to sate the greed of greedy men who hide behind the veil of vengeance!
"Darkwater" by W. E. B. Du Bois
His one passion was the greed of power, heightened by the lust for blood.
"Renaissance in Italy, Volume 1 (of 7)" by John Addington Symonds
And when the wickedness and greed of the wooers was made known to her, Athene grew very angry.
"Young Folks Treasury, Volume 3 (of 12)" by Various
Excitement, greed, appetite were rife in them.
"The Rustlers of Pecos County" by Zane Grey
Greed packed the great ones equally with the small.
"American Merchant Ships and Sailors" by Willis J. Abbot
Greed is swifter than a greyhound.
"Wise or Otherwise" by Lydia Leavitt
It was untainted by greed.
"The Judge" by Rebecca West
And in his wake men, whose eyes fairly bulged with the greed of gold, jammed their outfits into packs and headed into the North.
"The Gun-Brand" by James B. Hendryx
Their greed was insatiable, although they were lazy and slothful; and for that reason they practice unheard-of usury.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898, Volume XXI, 1624" by Various
Wagner may reasonably be defended against the charge of greed or luxury.
"Richard Wagner" by John F. Runciman
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In poetry:

For doin' what he had to do,
Through greed, or lust, or hate . . .
Aye, them seem rightful words to you,
But me, I calls it - Fate.
"Sentimental Hangman" by Robert W Service
"Man's greed for wealth has my beauty marred
And robbed me of early joys,
But I sing again, with hope restored,
When I see the girls and boys
"The Stream's Story" by Jared Barhite
Oh for one spot of living greed,--
One little spot where leaves can grow,--
To love unblamed, to walk unseen,
To dream above, to sleep below!
"Spring Has Come" by Oliver Wendell Holmes
His wife had a greed that was waur than his—
She harl'd a' things in,
As if she wad live for hunners o' years,
An' the warl' never gang dune.
"The Fiddler O' Boglebriggs" by Alexander Anderson
O, Heart of Love! Thy Tenderness
Still runs through life's remotest vein;
And lust and greed and soulless creed
Shall never rule the world again.
"The Prince Of Life" by John Oxenham
So full is life of hate and greed,
So vain the world's poor tinselled show,
What wonder that some souls have need
To flee from all its sin and woe?
"Acqua Fredda" by John Lawson Stoddard

In news:

This is still about greed.
The whole mantra of the Occupy Wall Street movement is that 99% of the people in this country are fed up with the greed, entitlement, and corruption of the wealthiest 1.
Money and greed are trumping citizen rights and needs to travel those routes without being bombarded by dangerously distracting, glitzy and brightly-lit freeway signs.
Occupy Wall Street, the protest movement launched to fight corporate greed and corruption, is now buying up peoples' debts and forgiving them.
Steer Clear of Gas Pump Greed.
Politicians are urging New York drivers to steer clear of fear and greed at the pump.
Can the greed get worse .
Can their greed get any worse.
Compassion trumps greed in US vote.
Here's the poster boy for cold, heartless, selfish greed .
Thoughts on corporate greed .
If Greed Were a Twinkie, I'd Eat It.
Letters Kansas DMV, Royals, Thanksgiving greed .
Political climate is due to Republican greed .
Elderly woman falls prey to caregiver's greed .
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In science:

Once the proper space-time greed is given it is immediately clear that the long bursts are generated at distances of 4 × 1016 cm from the EMBH.
Observational tests of the Electro-Magnetic Black Hole Theory in Gamma-Ray Bursts
For Brillouin zone integration we sum up a k-space greed of 512 points in the irreducible part of the Brillouin zone. A cutoff of lmax = 8 for the multipole expansion of the charge density and a cutoff of lmax = 3 for the wave functions was used.
Nonquasiparticle states in half-metallic ferromagnet NiMnSb
Two of them are situated on islands: Manhattan (with an almost regular greed-like city plan) and the network of Venice canals (imprinting the joined effect of natural, political, and economical factors acted on the network during many centuries).
Random Walks Along the Streets and Canals in Compact Cities: Spectral analysis, Dynamical Modularity, Information, and Statistical Mechanics
Fear and greed often lead to over-reactions and possible panics when the sentiments become negative, triggering herd selling which self-fulfills the very fears at their origin (Veldkamp, 2005).
How to grow a bubble: A model of myopic adapting agents
The two algorithms find the same solution, but the basic greed y algorithm needs to recompute the gain for all edges uninterdicted edges at every iteration, while the priority algorithm can exploit fast initialization and stale computational values.
Optimal Interdiction of Unreactive Markovian Evaders
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