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avaricious


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Avaricious  \Av`a*ri"cious\,  a.  [Cf.  F.  avaricieux.] 
  Actuated  by  avarice;  greedy  of  gain;  immoderately  desirous  of 
  accumulating  property. 
 
  Syn:  Greedy;  stingy;  rapacious;  griping;  sordid;  close 
 
  Usage:  {Avaricious},  {Covetous},  {Parsimonious},  {Penurious}, 
  {Miserly},  {Niggardly}.  The  avaricious  eagerly  grasp 
  after  it  at  the  expense  of  others  though  not  of 
  necessity  with  a  design  to  save,  since  a  man  may  be 
  covetous  and  yet  a  spendthrift.  The  penurious, 
  parsimonious,  and  miserly  save  money  by  disgraceful 
  self-denial,  and  the  niggardly  by  meanness  in  their 
  dealing  with  others  We  speak  of  persons  as  covetous 
  in  getting,  avaricious  in  retaining,  parsimonious  in 
  expending,  penurious  or  miserly  in  modes  of  living, 
  niggardly  in  dispensing.  --  {Av`a*ri"cious*ly},  adv 
  --  {Av`a*ri"cious*ness},  n. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  avaricious 
  adj  :  immoderately  desirous  of  acquiring  e.g.  wealth;  "they  are 
  avaricious  and  will  do  anything  for  money";  "casting 
  covetous  eyes  on  his  neighbor's  fields";  "a  grasping 
  old  miser";  "grasping  commercialism";  "greedy  for  money 
  and  power";  "grew  richer  and  greedier";  "prehensile 
  employers  stingy  with  raises  for  their  employees"  [syn: 
  {covetous},  {grabby},  {grasping},  {greedy},  {prehensile}] 




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