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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Definitions for avarice

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

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Citations for avarice
The most ancient and natural grounds of quarrels are lust and avarice; which, though we may allow to be brethren, or collateral branches of pride, are certainly the issues of want. Jonathan Swift, "The Battle of the Books, " A Tale of a Tub, 1704
The 22-minute film is a punchy, slick-looking satire of the Los Angeles yoga world, one in which the path to enlightenment is often paved with as much greed and avarice as serenity. Ann Hornaday, "'Down Dog': Tweaking Yoga's Poseurs," The Washington Post, March 3, 2005
Origin of avarice
Avarice entered English in the 1200s, at the time when Middle English was spoken. It comes from an Old French term, which finds its roots in the Latin word avār(us) “greedy.”