greed

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noun
  1. excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions.

Origin of greed

1
First recorded in 1600–10; back formation from greedy

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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.

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Opposites for greed

Other words from greed

  • greedless, adjective
  • greedsome, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for greed

greed

/ (ɡriːd) /


noun
  1. excessive consumption of or desire for food; gluttony

  2. excessive desire, as for wealth or power

Origin of greed

1
C17: back formation from greedy

Derived forms of greed

  • greedless, adjective

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