avarice

[ av-er-is ]
/ ˈæv ər ɪs /

noun

insatiable greed for riches; inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth.

Nearby words

  1. avant-garde,
  2. avant-gardism,
  3. avanti,
  4. avantist,
  5. avar,
  6. avaricious,
  7. avars,
  8. avascular,
  9. avascular graft,
  10. avascularization

Origin of avarice

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

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British Dictionary definitions for avarice

avarice

/ (ˈævərɪs) /

noun

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

avarice

n.

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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