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  • Where imposture, ignorance, and brutal cupidity, are the stock in trade of a small body of men, and one is described by these characteristics, all his fellows will recognise something belonging to themselves, and each will have a misgiving that the portrait is his own.
  • It was scarcely necessary to do this, but Miss Squeers was as good as her word; and poor Nicholas, in addition to bad food, dirty lodging, and the being compelled to witness one dull unvarying round of squalid misery, was treated with every special indignity that malice could suggest, or the most grasping cupidity put upon him.

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  • She told of the cupidity that led to the company’s collapse.
  • And I could not imagine a human being so blinded by cupidity as to sell poison to such an atrocious creature.
    Conrad, Joseph  --  The Mirror of the Sea

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