acquisitiveness


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ac·quis·i·tive

 (ə-kwĭz′ĭ-tĭv)
adj.
1. Characterized by a strong desire to gain and possess.
2. Tending to acquire and retain ideas or information: an acquisitive mind.

ac·quis′i·tive·ly adv.
ac·quis′i·tive·ness n.
ac·quis′i·tor (-tər) n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.acquisitiveness - strong desire to acquire and possessacquisitiveness - strong desire to acquire and possess
greed - excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deserves
bibliomania - preoccupation with the acquisition and possession of books
retentiveness, retentivity - the property of retaining possessions that have been acquired

acquisitiveness

noun greed, selfishness, avarice, rapacity, covetousness, avidity, rapaciousness, predatoriness, avidness, graspingness His villa is filled with evidence of his acquisitiveness.

acquisitiveness

noun
Excessive desire for more than one needs or deserves:
Informal: grabbiness.
Translations
وَلَع بِالأكْتِسَاب
hrabivostzištnost
begærlighedhavesyge
szereznivágyás
ágirni
aç gözlülükdoymazlık

acquisitiveness

[əˈkwɪzɪtɪvnɪs] Ncodicia f

acquisitiveness

[əˈkwɪzɪtɪvnɪs] ninstinct m de possession

acquisitiveness

nHabgier f (pej)

acquisitiveness

[əˈkwɪzɪtɪvnɪs] ntendenza ad accumulare (pej) → materialismo

acquire

(əˈkwaiə) verb
to get. He acquired a knowledge of English.
acquisition (ӕkwiˈziʃən) noun
1. the act of acquiring. the acquisition of more land.
2. something acquired. Her recent acquisitions included a piano.
acquisitive (əˈkwizətiv) adjective
eager to get possessions. an acquisitive child.
acˈquisitiveness noun
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And here enters acquisitiveness along with its various traps.
Tinubu has succeeded, to a large degree, in seamlessly meshing his self-interested acquisitiveness and insatiable thirst for power with the 'Yoruba agenda' or the 'Yoruba interest.' Many, certainly not all, well-meaning Yoruba people take it as 'common sense' that Tinubu is the 'leader,' or, if you will, the apotheosis, of the Yoruba people in contemporary Nigeria who looks out for and defends their interest.
That scene -- enacted over and over again, to diminishing returns for the viewer, particularly if you watch the series in one go -- is the pivot point for each household, as they confront the enormity of their acquisitiveness.
Acquisitiveness is common but generations differ: Old collectors were maximalists who amassed many different things, while new collectors are more focused - minimalists who live in curated spaces.
In history, causes of war remain same as of competition among individuals; acquisitiveness, pugnacity and pride - desire for food, land, material, fuel and mastery.
"The internet allows us to exercise our acquisitiveness in a lazy way; the landlords and the politicians haven't caught on to the fact that if the goose is sick you don't keep increasing egg production; and we're changing - acquisitiveness is now refocusing on experiences rather than things."
On the other hand, Valtonens villains are not so much individuals as closed groups--political, commercial, cultish--that thrive on organizing acquisitiveness and blinkered aggression.
These findings are generally consistent with trait-profiles and grandiose and vulnerable narcissism, which emphasize agentic-extraversion and acquisitiveness versus anxiety and negative self-other perceptions, respectively.
"Getting it" transforms inquisitiveness into acquisitiveness. In a sense, a work of art belongs to the viewers because they've earned it.
It begins with the early- to mid-'90s photos she took in LA, documenting the Reagan-inflected blossoming of a new strain of conspicuous consumption, which, with its barefaced, vulgar materialism and its reliance on cheap credit and rapidly constructed housing, marked a break from the postwar social world that preceded it, prizing unashamed acquisitiveness over Protestant work ethic.
It is this very same insane rapacity, reprehensible acquisitiveness and insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins) that made these members of the joint opposition to use an impeccant Eight Year old child to teach invectives and abuse the President and Prime Minister of this country.
A whole generation of parents obsess over the best schools and the best results not merely to see their child do well but to be seen to be climbing the fraught ladder of social and material acquisitiveness and the burden is placed on the child to excel not to be happy.