avarice avarice  /ˈæ və rəs/

Definition(s):

  1. (n) reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)
  2. (n) extreme greed for material wealth

Usage(s):

  1. The greed and avarice of the executives of the company led to its downfall.
  2. Steve's avarice was very humiliating for his family and friends. Finally it left him friendless.
  3. It is easy see why Damien's colleagues loathe him; he is a devoted practitioner of avarice and deceit.

News

  • Tom Mountain: Remembering Paul Cellucci

    Cellucci was never inclined to take advantage of all the trappings of power, let alone lapse into the pettiness, greed and avarice that afflicts far too many in high government positions. Nor did he ever think of enriching himself, his family or friends at the public trough. He was honest and forthright, a man of “high moral authority and character.”
    on June 22, 2013     Source: Newton Tab

Quotes

  1. As John Adams said: "We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes...
    on Dec 22, 2003 By: John Adams Source: NewsMax.com

  2. George Washington called gambling "the child of avarice, the brother of iniquity and the father of mischief", but Benjamin Franklin organised a lottery in Philadelphia in 1746.
    on Jul 8, 2010 By: George Washington Source: The Economist

  3. The poet Petrarch wrote: "Five great enemies to peace inhabit within us: avarice, ambition, envy, anger and pride. If those enemies were to be banished, we should infallibly enjoy perpetual peace."
    on Dec 23, 2008 By: Petrarch Source: Town Hall

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