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Immoderately desirous of wealth or gain; greedy.

av′a·ri′cious·ly adv.
av′a·ri′cious·ness n.
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Noun1.avariciousness - extreme greed for material wealthavariciousness - extreme greed for material wealth  
greed - excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deserves


Excessive desire for more than one needs or deserves:
Informal: grabbiness.
References in classic literature ?
It was quite evident from his very mannerism that Thurid had keenly guessed the man's weakness--even the clawlike, clutching movement of the fingers betokened the avariciousness of the miser.
But yet, with the persistent avariciousness of the white man, the Arabs clung to their loot, and when morning came forced the demoralized Manyuema to take up their burdens of death and stagger on into the jungle.
This contribution was only possible for them when they freed their hearts from avariciousness (shuhh).
Moreover, the clerics are considered to be having avariciousness for power and finances, and would go far away for gaining power, pelf and prestige at any way.
Although this is a critical intervention in examinations of mission brutality, the idyll of the ranchero world, and the avariciousness of the Americans, an examination of labour needs to be done with regard to the complexity of Indigenous rebellion and resistance.
Joshi notes, Dunsany's criticism of religion goes beyond "merely a display of the duplicity and avariciousness of the priesthood: there is a fundamental questioning of the very foundations of religion" (Joshi 25-6).
From Jane Austen to John Updike, there have been plenty of novelists willing to explore the zeitgeist of capitalism: to mine the deep, productive vein of what money or the lack of it does to people, how it inspires and inflates and haunts and releases them--to whole new kinds of freedom, whole new levels of avariciousness and care.