avaricious


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av·a·ri·cious

 (ăv′ə-rĭsh′əs)
adj.
Immoderately desirous of wealth or gain; greedy.

av′a·ri′cious·ly adv.
av′a·ri′cious·ness n.

av•a•ri•cious

(ˌæv əˈrɪʃ əs)

adj.
characterized by avarice; greedy; covetous.
[1425–75]
av`a•ri′cious•ly, adv.
av`a•ri′cious•ness, n.
syn: avaricious, covetous, greedy suggest a desire to possess more of something than one needs or is entitled to. avaricious often implies a pathological greed for money or other valuables and usu. suggests a concomitant miserliness: an avaricious usurer. covetous implies a powerful and often illicit desire for the possessions of another: The book collector was covetous of my rare first edition. greedy, the most general of these terms, suggests an uncontrolled desire for almost anything: greedy for knowledge; greedy for power.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.avaricious - immoderately desirous of acquiring e.g. wealthavaricious - 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"
acquisitive - eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas; "an acquisitive mind"; "an acquisitive society in which the craving for material things seems never satisfied"

avaricious

adjective grasping, greedy, acquisitive, stingy, mean, miserable, rapacious, penny-pinching, parsimonious, miserly, niggardly, covetous, penurious, close-fisted, tight-arsed (taboo slang), tight-assed (U.S. taboo slang), snoep (S. African informal), tight as a duck's arse (taboo slang) He sacrificed his career so that his avaricious brother could succeed.

avaricious

adjective
Having a strong urge to obtain or possess something, especially material wealth, in quantity:
Informal: grabby.
Translations
طامِع في جَمْع المال
hrabivýlakomý
grådiggrisk
ágjarn, fégjarn
harispara canlısı

avaricious

[ˌævəˈrɪʃəs] ADJavaro

avaricious

[ˌævəˈrɪʃəs] adjâpre au gain

avaricious

avaricious

[ˌævəˈrɪʃəs] adjavaro/a

avarice

(ˈӕvəris) noun
strong desire for money etc; greed.
ˌavaˈricious (-ʃəs) adjective

avaricious

a. avaricioso-a, ruin, miserable.
References in classic literature ?
The Avaricious man prayed to have a room full of gold.
Now the king had a grand-vizir who was avaricious, and envious, and a very bad man.
"He has some, but he is very avaricious; that is his fault.
I could not picture a father treating a dying child as tyrannically and wickedly as I afterwards learned Heathcliff had treated him, to compel this apparent eagerness: his efforts redoubling the more imminently his avaricious and unfeeling plans were threatened with defeat by death.
They know from experience that they sometimes err; and the wonder is that they so seldom err as they do, beset, as they continually are, by the wiles of parasites and sycophants, by the snares of the ambitious, the avaricious, the desperate, by the artifices of men who possess their confidence more than they deserve it, and of those who seek to possess rather than to deserve it.
He was not lavish, nor, on the contrary, avaricious; for, whenever he knew that money was needed for a noble, useful, or benevolent purpose, he supplied it quietly and sometimes anonymously.
It heightens and inflames our passions (generally indeed that passion which is uppermost in our mind), so that the angry temper, the amorous, the generous, the good-humoured, the avaricious, and all other dispositions of men, are in their cups heightened and exposed.
But we, in accordance with the principle already affirmed by us, will not believe them when they tell us both;-- if he was the son of a god, we maintain that hd was not avaricious; or, if he was avaricious he was not the son of a god.
ah!" said the coadjutor, "you are avaricious, my good fellow."
As an animal, Edward excelled me far; should he prove as paramount in mind as in person I must be a slave--for I must expect from him no lion-like generosity to one weaker than himself; his cold, avaricious eye, his stern, forbidding manner told me he would not spare.
"He is the very image of his father," continued the latter, in his secret soliloquy, "he is at once proud, avaricious, and timid.
And thus an event contrary to the legislator's intention took place; for the state was poor, the individuals avaricious. Enough of the Lacedaemonian government; for these seem the chief defects in it.