- insatiable greed for riches; inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth.
Origin of avarice
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Examples from the Web for avarice
There was a whole thought in the 1980s, that Wall Street greed thing and this sense of avarice was in the air.Al Pacino Does What He Wants to Do: 'The Humbling,' Scorsese, and That 'Scarface' Remake
September 9, 2014
TopsyBy Michael Daly A tragic tale of a circus elephant who fell victim to human competition and avarice.This Week’s Hot Reads: July 1, 2013
July 1, 2013
Avarice will likely bring a politician down, unless the pol can be portrayed as a champion of the little guy or a cause.The Taxonomy of Scandals: Is Obama Nearing a Breaking Point?
May 27, 2013
It was the age of unbridled excess, avarice, and machismo gone haywire.Punk Rock-Feminist Pioneer Kathleen Hanna on Her SXSW Doc and More
March 13, 2013
I am writing it,” she tells us, “and I spill it all out on my lap like very money, like riches, beyond the dreams of avarice.Must Reads
Allen Barra, Lucy Scholes, Kevin Canfield, Jane Ciabattari
October 3, 2011
There is no limit to the moral baseness of the man of avarice.
The offspring of pride, and lust, and avarice, it is indigenous to the world.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
He is incapable of envy or avarice, whether from virtue or from carelessness.Reflections
Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld
The old jests about her avarice were repeated over and over again.Doctor Pascal
Of course you know that ambition and avarice are held to be, as indeed they are, a disgrace?The Republic
- extreme greed for riches; cupidity
Word Origin and History for avarice
c.1300, from Old French avarice "greed, covetousness" (12c.), from Latin avaritia "greed," from avarus "greedy," adjectival form of avere "crave, long for."