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EtymologyEdit

Back-formation from greedy.

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  • enPR: grēd, IPA(key): /ɡɹid/
  • Rhymes: -iːd
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greed (countable and uncountable, plural greeds)

  1. A selfish or excessive desire for more than is needed or deserved, especially of money, wealth, food, or other possessions.
    His greed was his undoing.
    • 1885, Richard F. Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 564:
      [] But when I had bestridden the plank, quoth I to myself, "Thou deserveth all that betideth thee. All this is decreed to me of Allah (whose name be exalted!), to turn me from my greed of gain, whence ariseth all that I endure, for I have wealth galore."

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