Avarice
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 for wealth; covetousness; cupidity. [1913 Webster]

To desire money for its own sake, and in order to hoard it up, is avarice. --Beattie. [1913 Webster]

2. An inordinate desire for some supposed good. [1913 Webster]

All are taught an avarice of praise. --Goldsmith. [1913 Webster]


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  • avarice — [ avaris ] n. f. • 1265; averice 1121; lat. avaritia → avare ♦ Vx Attachement excessif à l argent, passion d accumuler, de retenir les richesses. ⇒ avidité, cupidité, ladrerie, lésine. ♢ Mod. Une avarice sordide. ⇒ pingrerie, radinerie. « L… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • avarice — Avarice, Brusler d avarice, Auaritia ardere. Bruslant et baaillant d avarice, Auaritia hiante homo. Regner en avarice et en cruauté sur ses subjects, Auare atque acerbe imperare. Sec d avarice, Aridus homo. Une avarice merveilleuse, Profunda… …   Thresor de la langue françoyse

  • Avarice — • The inordinate love for riches Catholic Encyclopedia. Kevin Knight. 2006. Avarice     Avarice     † …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • avarice — AVARICE. s. fém. Attachement excessif aux richesses. Avarice insatiable. Avarice sordide Il se plaint tout par avarice, par pure avarice. Son avarice le fait vivre dans une épargne sordide …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie Française 1798

  • avarice — Avarice. sub. f. Trop grand attachement aux richesses. Avarice sordide. avarice insatiable. sale avarice. par pure avarice …   Dictionnaire de l'Académie française

  • avarice — c.1300, from O.Fr. avarice greed, covetousness (12c.), from L. avaritia greed, from avarus greedy, adj. form of avere crave, long for …   Etymology dictionary

  • avarice — index greed Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • avarice — greed, *cupidity, rapacity Analogous words: avariciousness, covetousness, acquisitiveness (see corresponding adjectives at COVETOUS): stinginess, niggardliness, miserliness, parsimoniousness (see corresponding adjectives at STINGY) Antonyms:… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • avarice — [n] extreme greed avidity, close fistedness*, covetousness, cupidity, frugality, grabbiness, greediness, miserliness, niggardliness, parsimony, pennypinching*, penuriousness, rapacity, stinginess, thrift; concepts 335,410 Ant. generosity,… …   New thesaurus

  • avarice — ► NOUN ▪ extreme greed for wealth or material gain. DERIVATIVES avaricious adjective. ORIGIN from Latin avarus greedy …   English terms dictionary

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