avarice

[ av-er-is ]
/ ˈæv ər ɪs /

noun

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

Origin of avarice

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

/ (ˈævərɪs) /

noun

extreme greed for riches; cupidity

Derived Forms

avaricious, 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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