• WordNet 3.6
    • n avariciousness extreme greed for material wealth
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n avariciousness The quality of being avaricious; insatiable or inordinate passion for property.
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  • Voltaire
    “Men hate the individual whom they call avaricious only because nothing can be gained from him.”


In literature:

But in a grasping, avaricious way he wants you.
"The Tyranny of Weakness" by Charles Neville Buck
Colonel Marchbanks, although a prudent man, was by no means avaricious.
"The Rover of the Andes" by R.M. Ballantyne
He may take His departure, and we may receive in our hearts the spirit of avariciousness and selfishness.
"Gathering Jewels" by James Knowles and Matilda Darroch Knowles
If you insinuate My master's avaricious, woe be to you!
"The Comedies of Terence" by Publius Terentius Afer
Grichka, as all Russia called him, was an outstanding personality, clever, scheming, and as unscrupulous as he was avaricious.
"The Minister of Evil" by William Le Queux
Many of them were avaricious, timid, lazy and inattentive to their duties.
"The Rise of the Hugenots, Vol. 1 (of 2)" by Henry Martyn Baird
Everybody in the bazaar knows Selim, the most insolent, avaricious, money-grabbing Lala in Stamboul.
"Paul Patoff" by F. Marion Crawford
They think that it is the grand characteristic of Columbia's children to be prejudiced, opinionated, selfish, avaricious, and unjust.
"The Shirley Letters from California Mines in 1851-52" by Louise Amelia Knapp Smith Clappe
She was, so runs the story, an avaricious woman, who never was known to do good to any one.
"Italian Popular Tales" by Thomas Frederick Crane
But the avaricious beldame is not yet satisfied.
"Gaspar the Gaucho" by Mayne Reid

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.