• WordNet 3.6
    • n greediness an excessive desire for wealth (usually in large amounts) "the greediness of lawyers"
    • n greediness an excessive desire for food
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Greediness The quality of being greedy; vehement and selfish desire. "Fox in stealth, wolf in greediness."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n greediness The quality of being greedy, especially with reference to the gratification of the animal appetites; hence, specifically, ravenousness; voracity.
    • n greediness Synonyms Gluttony, rapacity, eagerness, avidity. See greed.
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  • Napoleon Hill
    “No one can make you jealous, angry, vengeful, or greedy -- unless you let him.”
  • W. S. Gilbert
    “Down went the owners -- greedy men whom hope of gain allured: oh, dry the starting tear, for they were heavily insured.”
  • 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.”
  • Donald Trump
    “The point is that you can't be too greedy.”
  • Niccolo Machiavelli
    “Of mankind we may say in general they are fickle, hypocritical, and greedy of gain.”
  • Maya Angelou
    “There is a very fine line between loving life and being greedy for it.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS grǣdignes,


In literature:

There was one of her family in particular that was especially greedy.
"The Tale of Grandfather Mole" by Arthur Scott Bailey
The old ones kept me busy now and were just about as greedy as the young ones had been.
"Three Boys in the Wild North Land" by Egerton Ryerson Young
At last he came: O, who can tell the greeting These greedy lovers had at their first meeting?
"The Works of Christopher Marlowe, Vol. 3 (of 3)" by Christopher Marlowe
He was a man greedy of money, and ready to do anything for gain.
"For the Temple" by G. A. Henty
He was a very greedy bird, and ate so fast that he was constantly dropping the best parts in his hurry to get some more.
"The Cockatoo's Story" by Mrs. George Cupples
I had not seen such a thing done since the greedy boy at school with his birthday cake.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition" by Robert Louis Stevenson
To want money that does not belong to you is greedy.
"Philosopher Jack" by R.M. Ballantyne
He had an ideal ever in his mind of both bodily and spiritual excellence, and he was almost greedy to realize both, but he knew not how.
"Obiter Dicta Second Series" by Augustine Birrell
Greedy Fawn, too, came rightly by his name.
"Stories the Iroquois Tell Their Children" by Mabel Powers
Miss Jemima devoured her brother's letter with greedy eyes.
"The Golden Shoemaker" by J. W. Keyworth

In poetry:

Old gods, shrunk to shadows, there
In the wet woods they lurk,
Greedy of human stuff to snare
In webs of murk.
"Outlaws" by Robert Graves
And there he cast his greedy eyes
Round on the jellies and the pies,
So to select, with anxious care,
The very nicest that was there.
"Greedy Richard" by Ann Taylor
But when you had lost your greedy grief,
Content to see from afar,
Your hand it would hold a withering leaf,
But your heart a shining star.
"Up In The Tree" by George MacDonald
The green and greedy seas have drowned
That city's glittering walls and towers,
Her sunken minarets are crowned
With red and russet water-flowers.
"Fragments" by John Masefield
An' the sign o' the Piper's curse was this:
That, whaever it micht be,
They wad coont their purse at pleuch or cairt,
Wi' a greedy look in their ee.
"The Piper's Tree" by Alexander Anderson
No longer Guilt, all greedy for gold,
Shall prosper, and range without fear,
But Virtue and Freedom shall live to grow old
In blessed abundance — here!
"Australia Emancipated. (A Ballad For Colonial Patriots)" by Martin Farquhar Tupper

In news:

Start spending your money on sewing, cooking and cleaning classes, as well as how to be a wife and mother, instead of satisfying your greedy instincts.
Bears not greedy enough in Ames.
'Now we are going to get greedy '.
Greedy labor unions deserved outcome of Black Tuesday election.
Alan Simpson pens scathing letter to ' greedy geezers' retiree group.
Giants' Osi Umenyiora says he's not a ' greedy pig' for turning down Jerry Reese's contract offers.
I'm no ' greedy pig'.
Not too big, not too greedy .
Affected residents greedy ' for a previous quality of life.
Thus, the GOP now stands justifiably for the " Greedy Old Party.".
Yes, it is greedy because it needs to protect the top tier in order to get lots of re-election money.
' Greedy ' retailers drive economy, create jobs.
Crash was because "I was too greedy ".
The Greedy Battle For Iraq's 'Hearts And Minds'.
Greedy decisions lead to collapse.

In science:

The latter point is a simple graph theoretic fact that is easily verified with a greedy algorithm: choose e1 to be an edge e for which F E V e (µ) is maximal.
Random Surfaces
We consider “online” versions of max 2-sat, and show that for one version, the obvious greedy algorithm is optimal.
Random MAX SAT, Random MAX CUT, and Their Phase Transitions
In section 7 we consider online versions of max 2-sat, for one of which we prove that a natural greedy algorithm is optimal.
Random MAX SAT, Random MAX CUT, and Their Phase Transitions
Consider random trees. A lower bound for S (N ) is obtained from a greedy scenario in which all merger events involve the leader till it reaches size N/2.
Leadership Statistics in Random Structures
New jobs are assigned by using a greedy random walk.
Balanced Overlay Networks (BON): Decentralized Load Balancing via Self-Organized Random Networks