- excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions.
Origin of greed
First recorded in 1600–10; back formation from greedy
SynonymsSee more synonyms for greed on Thesaurus.com
avarice, avidity, cupidity, covetousness; voracity, ravenousness, rapacity. 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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- excessive consumption of or desire for food; gluttony
- excessive desire, as for wealth or power
C17: back formation from greedy
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Word Origin and History for greedless
c.1600, a back-formation from greedy.
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