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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR GREEDY

Malbone, greedy of emotion, was drinking to the dregs a passion that could have no to-morrow.

They were thinking: "That greedy little girl has gone on and on eating."

Those who have much are often greedy; those who have little always share.

Rgina was greedy, but her pride was greater than her greediness.

Oh yes, any thing at all, ma'am; I'm not greedy—nor needy, thanks above!

The stork is a bird of prey; it is vigilant, greedy, and catches gudgeons.

They were greedy, and, in their besotted avarice, they killed the goose.

The dragon had not yet satisfied his hunger and opened his greedy jaws wide.

I cried, my whole attitude changing to one of greedy expectation.

Peasants were greedy, narrow, unimaginative, lacking in public spirit.

WORD ORIGIN

Old English grædig (West Saxon), gredig (Anglian) "voracious," also "covetous," from Proto-Germanic *grædagaz (cf. Old Saxon gradag "greedy," Old Norse graðr "greed, hunger," Danish graadig, Dutch gretig, Old High German gratag "greedy"), from *græduz (cf. Gothic gredus "hunger," Old English grædum "eagerly"), possibly from PIE root *gher- "to like, want" (cf. Sanskrit grdh "to be greedy").

In Greek, the word was philargyros, literally "money-loving." A German word for it is habsüchtig, from haben "to have" + sucht "sickness, disease," with sense tending toward "passion for."

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