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avarice


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Avarice  \Av"a*rice\  ([a^]v"[.a]*r[i^]s),  n.  [F.  avaritia,  fr 
  avarus  avaricious,  prob.  fr  av[=e]re  to  covet,  fr  a  root  av 
  to  satiate  one's  self:  cf  Gr  'a`menai,  'a^sai,  to  satiate, 
  Skr.  av  to  satiate  one's  self  rejoice,  protect.] 
  1.  An  excessive  or  inordinate  desire  of  gain;  greediness 
  after  wealth;  covetousness;  cupidity. 
 
  To  desire  money  for  its  own  sake,  and  in  order  to 
  hoard  it  up  is  avarice.  --Beattie. 
 
  2.  An  inordinate  desire  for  some  supposed  good. 
 
  All  are  taught  an  avarice  of  praise.  --Goldsmith. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  avarice 
  n  1:  reprehensible  acquisitiveness;  insatiable  desire  for  wealth 
  (personified  as  one  of  the  deadly  sins)  [syn:  {greed},  {covetousness}, 
  {rapacity},  {avaritia}] 
  2:  extreme  greed  for  material  wealth  [syn:  {avariciousness},  {covetousness}, 
  {cupidity}] 




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