Definition for avarice

noun as in extreme greed

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He urged everyone to turn this avarice against invaders with advice like “Instead of dressing your yard with herbicides, you might want to consider balsamic vinaigrette.”

There was a whole thought in the 1980s, that Wall Street greed thing and this sense of avarice was in the air.

It is this mindless atrocity, driven by both avarice and animosity, that is at play in the film.

And his small-scale sculpture Avarice and Lust (1887) embodies the two sins via a masculine form entangled with a female one.

TopsyBy Michael Daly A tragic tale of a circus elephant who fell victim to human competition and avarice.

Avarice will likely bring a politician down, unless the pol can be portrayed as a champion of the little guy or a cause.

Greater mischiefs happen often from folly, meanness, and vanity than from the greater sins of avarice and ambition.

His avarice was disgusting beyond words, and with avarice went a tendency to underhand dealing, harshness, and malice.

Thus age and avarice can always over-leap barriers which, to the young and romantic, are insurmountable.

When anger, avarice, and concupiscence convulse the peace of thy soul, look up to this star and call on Mary.

Then go, miserable wretch,” said the trooper, relinquishing his grasp; “either avarice or delusion has led a noble heart astray!


On this page you'll find 25 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to avarice, such as: avidity, covetousness, cupidity, frugality, greediness, and miserliness.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.