greed

[ greed ]
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noun

excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions.

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Origin of greed

First recorded in 1600–10; back formation from greedy

synonym study for greed

Greed, greediness denote an excessive, extreme desire for something, often more than one's proper share. Greed means avid desire for gain or wealth (unless some other application is indicated) and is definitely uncomplimentary in implication: His greed drove him to exploit his workers. Greediness, when unqualified, suggests a craving for food; it may, however, be applied to all avid desires, and need not be always uncomplimentary: greediness for knowledge, fame, praise.

OTHER WORDS FROM greed

greedless, adjectivegreedsome, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for greed

greed
/ (ɡriːd) /

noun

excessive consumption of or desire for food; gluttony
excessive desire, as for wealth or power

Derived forms of greed

greedless, adjective

Word Origin for greed

C17: back formation from greedy
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