avaricious

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From Middle English avaricious, from Old French avaricieux, from avarice, from Latin avaritia (greed), from avarus (greedy), of avere (crave, long for).

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  • IPA(key): /ˌævəˈɹɪʃəs/
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avaricious (comparative more avaricious, superlative most avaricious)

  1. Actuated by avarice; extremely greedy for wealth or material gain; immoderately desirous of accumulating property.
    • 1835, Robert Montgomery Bird, The Hawks of Hawk-Hollow
      In a word, he was called a hard, avaricious, rapacious man, whose chief business was to enrich himself...

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