• WordNet 3.6
    • adj avaricious immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealth "they are avaricious and will do anything for money","casting covetous eyes on his neighbor's fields","a grasping old miser","grasping commercialism","greedy for money and power","grew richer and greedier","prehensile employers stingy with raises for their employees"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Avaricious ăv`ȧ*rĭsh"ŭs Actuated by avarice; greedy of gain; immoderately desirous of accumulating property.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • avaricious Characterized by avarice; greedy of gain; immoderately desirous of accumulating property; eager to acquire or possess.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Avaricious extremely covetous: greedy
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  • Voltaire
    “Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. avaricieux,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.—L. avaritiaavarus, greedy—avēre, to pant after.


In literature:

He was naturally a very avaricious man, and the sight of the gold awakened all his greed.
"Tales of Folk and Fairies" by Katharine Pyle
A wise resolution; had he not added, {as well}, great riches, the reward of crime, the incentive of an avaricious disposition.
"The Metamorphoses of Ovid" by Publius Ovidius Naso
Has your half-dead avaricious Corn-Law Lord, your half-alive avaricious Cotton-Law Lord, never seen one such?
"Past and Present" by Thomas Carlyle
The King was cruel and avaricious beyond all belief, and in his opinion fast going mad.
"The Life of Gordon, Volume II" by Demetrius Charles Boulger
The avaricious light in his eyes as he noted the money she carried on the train, had first warned her against him.
"The Girl from Sunset Ranch" by Amy Bell Marlowe
It was not easy to get information from the natives, who were avaricious, untrustworthy, insolent, and deceitful.
"Celebrated Travels and Travellers" by Jules Verne
Haughty, domineering, avaricious, there was nothing in his character to win the kindly regards of any one.
"Louis XIV., Makers of History Series" by John S. C. Abbott
I have been no avaricious oppressor of the people.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 1" by Various
He was also a harsh man, and being extremely avaricious, heaped up treasure which he guarded with the utmost care.
"Folk-lore and Legends: German" by Anonymous
The man was of powerful frame, and too avaricious to part with his goods without a struggle.
"The Last of the Mohicans" by James Fenimore Cooper

In poetry:

But he and his grew braver
As the danger grew more rife,
Avaricious they of glory
But most prodigal of life,
And the "Army of Virginia"
Was the Atlas of the strife.
"The Lee Memorial Ode" by James Barron Hope
And rend la flamme',
you know the deathless verses.
I search the features, the avaricious features
Pulled by the kohl and rouge out of resemblance
Six pence the object for a change of passion.
"To A Friend Writing On Cabaret Dancers" by Ezra Pound
By daybreak the whole of the English army came in view;
Consisting of archers and horsemen, bold and true;
The main body was led on by King Edward himself,
An avaricious man, and fond of pelf.
"The Battle of Bannockburn" by William Topaz McGonagall
I RECOLLECT, that lately much I blamed,
The sort of lover, avaricious named;
And if in opposites we reason see,
The liberal in paradise should be.
The rule is just and, with the warmest zeal,
To prove the fact I to the CHURCH appeal.
"The Falcon" by Jean de La Fontaine

In news:

Most Avaricious Person, Place, or T.
Reparative therapy, which seeks to "cure" homosexuality, is a destructive form of consumer fraud, where avaricious practitioners try to profit off their victims by instilling a deep sense of shame and guilt.
The New York Times has an amusing article today about how Bashar al-Assad, and his well-dressed wife, Asma, tried to buff their reputation in the West with the help of avaricious public affairs consultants and credulous journalists.