avaricious

/av'euh rish"euhs/, adj.
characterized by avarice; greedy; covetous.
[1425-75; late ME; see AVARICE, -IOUS]
Syn. AVARICIOUS, COVETOUS, GREEDY, RAPACIOUS share the sense of desiring to possess more of something than one already has or might in normal circumstances be entitled to. AVARICIOUS often implies a pathological, driven greediness for money or other valuables and usually suggests a concomitant miserliness: the cheerless dwelling of an avaricious usurer. COVETOUS implies a powerful and usually illicit desire for the property or possessions of another: The book collector was openly covetous of my rare first edition.
GREEDY, the most general of these terms, suggests a naked and uncontrolled desire for almost anything - food and drink, money, emotional gratification: embarrassingly greedy for praise. RAPACIOUS, stronger and more assertive than the other terms, implies an aggressive, predatory, insatiable, and unprincipled desire for possessions and power: a rapacious frequenter of tax sales and forced auctions.

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Synonyms:
, (of gain), , , , , (for the sake of hoarding it)


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