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greed

 (grēd)
n.
An excessive desire to acquire or possess more than what one needs or deserves, especially with respect to material wealth: "Many ... attach to competition the stigma of selfish greed" (Henry Fawcett).

[Back-formation from greedy.]
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greed

(ɡriːd)
n
1. excessive consumption of or desire for food; gluttony
2. excessive desire, as for wealth or power
[C17: back formation from greedy]
ˈgreedless adj
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greed

(grid)

n.
excessive or rapacious desire, esp. for wealth or possessions; avarice; covetousness.
[1600–10; back formation from greedy]
greed′less, adj.
greed′some, adj.
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Greed

 

See Also: EATING AND DRINKING, ENVY

  1. (My) avarice cooled like lust in the chill grave —Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. Avarice is like a graveyard; it takes all that it can get and gives nothing back —Josh Billings
  3. Avaricious … like a pig which seeks its food in the mud, without caring where it comes from —Jean B. M. Vianney
  4. The avaricious man is like the barren sandy ground of the desert which sucks in all the rain and dew with greediness, but yields no fruitful herbs or plants for the benefit of others —Zeno
  5. Covetous persons are like sponges which greedily drink in water, but return very little until they are squeezed —G. S. Bowles
  6. Greedy as a colt first loosed to pasture in the spring —Ben Ames Williams
  7. Greedy as a vulture —Tobias Smollett
  8. He [Donald Trump] has an appetite [for property] like a Rocky Mountain vulture —Alan Greenberg, Wall Street Journal, April 1, 1987
  9. Kings, like hyenas, will always fall upon dead carcasses, although their bellies are full, and although they are conscious that in the end they will tear one another to pieces over them —Walter Savage Landor
  10. (Love surfeits not) lust like a glutton dies —William Shakespeare
  11. Rapacious as a crocodile —Anon
  12. Rapacious as a warlord —Sharon Sheehe Stark
  13. Sucked him dry like a raw egg —Bertold Brecht
  14. They’re [the doctors] milking you like a cow —Molière
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.greed - excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deservesgreed - excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deserves
desire - an inclination to want things; "a man of many desires"
avariciousness, cupidity, avarice, covetousness - extreme greed for material wealth
possessiveness - excessive desire to possess or dominate
acquisitiveness - strong desire to acquire and possess
2.greed - reprehensible acquisitivenessgreed - reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)
deadly sin, mortal sin - an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace; "theologians list seven mortal sins"
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greed

greediness
noun
1. gluttony, voracity, insatiableness, ravenousness He ate too much out of sheer greed.
2. avarice, longing, desire, hunger, craving, eagerness, selfishness, acquisitiveness, rapacity, cupidity, covetousness, insatiableness an insatiable greed for power
avarice generosity, altruism, benevolence, self-restraint, unselfishness, munificence, largesse or largess
Quotations
"There is enough in the world for everyone's need, but not enough for everyone's greed" [Frank Buchman Remaking the World]
Proverbs
"The more you get, the more you want"
"The pitcher will go to the well once too often"
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greed

noun
Excessive desire for more than one needs or deserves:
Informal: grabbiness.
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Translations
جَشَع
chamtivostlačnostnenasytnost
grådighed
græîgi
탐욕
mantkārībarijība
lakomnostpožrešnost
açgözlülük

greed

[griːd] Navaricia f, codicia f; (for food) → gula f, glotonería f
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greed

[ˈgriːd] n
(for money, power)avidité f
greed for sth (= desire) → avidité de qch
(for food)gourmandise f
Collins English/French Electronic Resource. © HarperCollins Publishers 2005

greed

nGier f (→ for nach +dat); (for material wealth also) → Habsucht f, → Habgier f; (= gluttony)Gefräßigkeit f; greed for money/powerGeld-/Machtgier f
Collins German Dictionary – Complete and Unabridged 7th Edition 2005. © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1980 © HarperCollins Publishers 1991, 1997, 1999, 2004, 2005, 2007

greed

[griːd] n greed (for) (for money, power) → avidità (di), desiderio smodato (di); (for food) (also greediness) → golosità (per), ingordigia (di)
Collins Italian Dictionary 1st Edition © HarperCollins Publishers 1995

greed

(griːd) noun
a (too) great desire for food, money etc. Eating five cakes is just sheer greed.
ˈgreedy adjective
ˈgreedily adverb
ˈgreediness noun
Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary © 2006-2013 K Dictionaries Ltd.
References in periodicals archive ?
The group feasts and dances until dawn with "greedless grace" (4.121).
The thing which kindles hope for a better future is that the General Elections of 2018 has for the first time in our history thrown up a leader whose financial integrity is above board and his personal life is manifestly greedless. Honesty, patriotism and an un-swerving determination are the weapons of Imran Khan which he has displayed all his life and about which no one can question him.
They can be called 'Monoticians', statesmen of the highest degree straightforward, truthful, and greedless.