• WordNet 3.6
    • n avarice reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)
    • n avarice extreme greed for material wealth
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The Seven Deadly Sins are lust, pride, anger, envy, sloth, avarice and gluttony.
    • Avarice An excessive or inordinate desire of gain; greediness for wealth; covetousness; cupidity. "To desire money for its own sake, and in order to hoard it up, is avarice ."
    • Avarice An inordinate desire for some supposed good. "All are taught an avarice of praise."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n avarice An inordinate desire of gaining and possessing wealth; covetousness; cupidity; greediness, or insatiable desire of gain.
    • n avarice Synonyms Avarice, Covetousness, Cupidity, penuriousness, closeness, miserliness, all denote bad qualities, corruptions of the natural instinct of possession. Avarice, literally greediness, a strong desire to get objects of value, has become limited, except in figurative uses, so as to express only a sordid and mastering desire to get wealth. Covetousness and cupidity are not limited to wealth, but may have for their object anything that can be desired, cupidity being directed especially toward material things. Covetousness longs to possess that which belongs to another; hence the prohibition in the tenth commandment (Ex. xx. 17). Cupidity is more active than the others, less groveling, and more ready to snatch from others that which covetousness may wish for without trying to get. See penurious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Avarice av′ar-is eager desire for wealth: covetousness
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  • Ralph Waldo Emerson
    “We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases.”
  • French Proverb
    French Proverb
    “Gambling is the son of avarice and the father of despair.”
  • George Washington
    “It is the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity, and the father of mischief.”
  • George Bancroft
    George Bancroft
    “Avarice is the vice of declining years.”
  • Lord Byron
    “So for a good old-gentlemanly vice, I think I must take up with avarice.”
  • Charles Caleb Colton
    “Avarice has ruined more souls than extravagance.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. avaritia, fr. avarus, avaricious, prob. fr. avēre, 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
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. avaritiaavarus, greedy—avēre, to pant after.


In literature:

The martyrdom of two Dominican Friars on the coast of Venezuela, through the avarice of the Spaniards.
"A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. III" by Robert Kerr
The Kshatriyas attain the celestial regions by protecting and chastising the subjects, uninfluenced by lust, malice, avarice and anger.
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa Bk. 3 Pt. 2" by Translated by Kisari Mohan Ganguli
SEVEN DEADLY SINS, Pride, Wrath, Envy, Lust, Gluttony, Avarice, and Sloth.
"The Nuttall Encyclopaedia" by Edited by Rev. James Wood
I had no power to command his services on the side of his avarice.
"Miriam Monfort" by Catherine A. Warfield
Lieutenant Vanslyperken's character may be summed up in the three vices of avarice, cowardice, and cruelty.
"Snarleyyow" by Captain Frederick Marryat
The avarice of Paul II.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol X" by Various
He declares, that in addition to his other failings, avarice is now established.
"The Mirror of Literature, Amusement, and Instruction" by Various
The arts and agriculture flourished under his rule, but the avarice and profusion of Justinian oppressed the people.
"The World's Greatest Books, Vol XI." by Edited by Arthur Mee and J.A. Hammerton
In the evening they arrived at a house built with equal elegance and simplicity, where nothing favored either of prodigality or avarice.
"Library of the World's Best Mystery and Detective Stories" by Edited by Julian Hawthorne
You have, of course, found very copious specimens of the organs of hypocrisy, destruction, and avarice.
"Headlong Hall" by Thomas Love Peacock

In poetry:

When age comes on, he'll labour to divert
Thy thoughts from God, and penitence sincere,
And ev'ry purpose of thy soul pervert
To muck-worm avarice and worldly care.
"Advice, To Guard Against The Temptations Of The Devil " by Rees Prichard
Ah, Rose, assume a gentle Avarice
And hoard the soft Allurements that entice;
For One will come who holds the Golden Means
To buy your Blushes at the Standard Price.
"The Rubáiyát of Omar Khayyám Jr." by Wallace Irwin
Those fields, profuse of raiment, food, and fire,
They scorn'd to lessen, careless to extend;
Bade Luxury to lavish courts aspire,
And Avarice to city breasts descend.
"Elegy XV. In Memory of a Private Family in Worcestershire" by William Shenstone
My money, to the poor, on use I lent,
And screw'd them, with an avarice seldom known,
'Till all the little that they had was spent,
And they by my extortion were undone.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren (Part 1)" by Rees Prichard
And sometimes on the city's crowded street,
Where avarice meets in never-ending fray,
The roar of trafficking dies far away,
And round me blooms the Blessed Valley sweet.
"The Blessed Vale" by Thomas Chard
In outline dim and vast
Their fearful shadows cast
This giant forms of empires on their way
To ruin: one by one
They tower and they are gone,
Yet in the Prophet's soul the dreams of avarice stay.
"Second Sunday After Easter" by John Keble

In news:

The NFL's Farcical Exercise in Corporate Avarice Is Over.
1 items are tagged with avarice.
Greed is the desire for material wealth or gain, also called Avarice or Covetousness.
Red sparowes a message of avarice rained down and carried us away to false every red heart shines toward the red sun.
There's always been greed, there's always been avarice.
For its second week, The Bachelor — Paris got down to business: group dates, sightseeing, cattiness, angling for a first kiss, bald avarice for a rose and gobs of guzzling.
We have unveiled the American city that has fallen the farthest from grace in each of the seven deadly sins ( lust, gluttony, avarice, sloth, wrath, envy and pride).
Cory Huston and Avarice Guerrero.