insatiable greed for riches; inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth.
Contemporary Examples

I am writing it,” she tells us, “and I spill it all out on my lap like very money, like riches, beyond the dreams of avarice.
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It was the age of unbridled excess, avarice, and machismo gone haywire.
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TopsyBy Michael Daly A tragic tale of a circus elephant who fell victim to human competition and avarice.
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There was a whole thought in the 1980s, that Wall Street greed thing and this sense of avarice was in the air.
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avarice will likely bring a politician down, unless the pol can be portrayed as a champion of the little guy or a cause.
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Historical Examples

Fortunately for me he is a rascal, a man without any principle, in whom avarice is a more powerful feeling than justice.
Mark Hurdlestone Susanna Moodie

He is incapable of envy or avarice, whether from virtue or from carelessness.
Reflections Francois Duc De La Rochefoucauld

The avarice of the companies results in misery for the passengers.
A Man of Samples Wm. H. Maher

The old jests about her avarice were repeated over and over again.
Doctor Pascal Emile Zola

No: he hoped for more; and in all his writings sacrificed his duty to his avarice.
Nature and Art Mrs. Inchbald

extreme greed for riches; cupidity

excessive or insatiable desire or greed; cupidity
Word Origin

Latin avere ‘to covet’

c.1300, from Old French avarice “greed, covetousness” (12c.), from Latin avaritia “greed,” from avarus “greedy,” adjectival form of avere “crave, long for.”


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