AskDefine | Define avaricious

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avaricious adj : 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" [syn: covetous, grabby, grasping, greedy, prehensile]

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  • /ˌævəˈrɪʃəs/

Adjective

  1. Actuated by avarice; greedy of gain; immoderately desirous of accumulating property.
    quotations:
    • "In a word, he was called a hard, avaricious, rapacious man, whose chief business was to enrich himself..." — Robert Montgomery Bird (1806-1854)

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