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avarice

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Etymology

From Old French, from [[w:Template:lang:la language|Template:lang:la]][[Category:Template:lang:la derivations]] avāritia, from avārus (greedy).

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
avarice

Plural
-

avarice (-)
  1. Excessive or inordinate desire of gain; greediness after wealth; covetousness; cupidity.
  2. Inordinate desire for some supposed good.

Quotations

excessive desire of gain from wealth
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  • 1606 - Shakespeare, Macbeth iv 3
    With this there grows,
    In my most ill-compos'd affection, such
    A stanchless avarice, that, were I king,
    I should cut off the nobles for their lands.
  • 1726 - Jonathan Swift, Gulliver's Travels Part II, ch. vi
    Whether they were always so free from avarice, partialities, or want, that a bribe, or some other sinister view, could have no place among them?
  • 1776 - Thomas Paine, Common Sense
    Oppression is often the consequence, but seldom or never the means of riches; and though avarice will preserve a man from being necessitously poor, it generally makes him too timorous to be wealthy.
  • 2006 - Square-Enix, Kingdom Hearts II Episode 2 of Port Royal ("Pirates of the Caribbean world")
    The Darkness of men's hearts, drawn to these cursed medallions; and this Heartless, a veritable maelstrom of avarice. I wonder, are they worthy to serve Organization XIII?

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