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Origin of avarice

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin avāritia, equivalent to avār(us) greedy + -itia -ice

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  1. extreme greed for riches; cupidity
Derived Formsavaricious, adjectiveavariciously, adverbavariciousness, noun

Word Origin for avarice

C13: from Old French, from Latin avaritia, from avārus covetous, from avēre to crave
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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."

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