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avarice

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Definition excessive desire for wealth
  • We can try both to minimize greed and avarice and to channel them into directions beneficial to society.
avarice = excessive desire for wealth
  • She was doomed to an empty life motivated by avarice.
  • avarice = excessive desire for wealth
  • His face had not the harsh and rigid lines of later years; but it had begun to wear the signs of care and avarice.
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • avarice = greed
  • It was just possible that the Marquesa de Montemayor was not a monster of avarice, and Uncle Pio of self-indulgence.
    Thornton Wilder  --  The Bridge of San Luis Rey
  • avarice = excessive desire for wealth
  • I am here happily free from my miserable greatness with all its attendants of pride, ambition, avarice, and luxury,
    Daniel Defoe  --  Robinson Crusoe
  • avarice = excessive desire for wealth
  • I know my learned professors have found greater riches in the Iliad than I shall ever find; but I am not avaricious.
    Helen Keller  --  Story of My Life
  • avaricious = greedy (excessively interested in riches)
  • Luxurious, avaricious, false, deceitful,
    Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin
    William Shakespeare  --  Macbeth
  • avaricious = having or showing excessive desire for wealth
  • Thus can I preach against the same vice
    Which that I use, and that is avarice.
    Geoffrey Chaucer  --  The Canterbury Tales
  • avarice = excessive desire for wealth
  • Gratitude looks to the past and love to the present; fear, avarice, lust, and ambition look ahead.
    C.S. Lewis  --  The Screwtape Letters
  • avarice = excessive desire for wealth
  • ...and left him a fortune which to people of our modest bringing up is wealth beyond the dream of avarice, ...
    Bram Stoker  --  Dracula
  • avarice = excessive desire for wealth
  • One day Tom was in the act of dosing the crack when his aunt's yellow cat came along, purring, eying the teaspoon avariciously, and begging for a taste.
    Mark Twain  --  The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  • avariciously = greedily
  • They knew his ignorance, his cruelty, his avarice, his appetites, his sins.
    John Steinbeck  --  The Pearl
  • avarice = excessive desire for wealth
  • Returning to the Indian, whose small, sharp eyes, glistening with avarice, betrayed that with him it was only a question of how great a price he could obtain.
    Jules Verne  --  Around the World in 80 Days
  • avarice = excessive desire for money
  • There is first to note that, whereas in other principalities the ambition of the nobles and the insolence of the people only have to be contended with, the Roman emperors had a third difficulty in having to put up with the cruelty and avarice of their soldiers,
    Nicolo Machiavelli  --  The Prince
  • avarice = excessive desire for wealth
  • The TV preachers peddled promises, and offered hope to people who had none. There would have been great good in that, I believe, if they had not followed every sermon with a request for a portion of their flock's old-age pensions. Instead, it was an odd mix of good and evil, and people like my momma understood their avarice but forgave it, because the words the men spoke were comfort to her and their preaching was first-rate.
    Rick Bragg  --  All Over but the Shoutin'
  • avarice = excessive desire for wealth
  • Avarice, hard-dealing, griping cares?
    Charles Dickens  --  A Christmas Carol
  • avarice = excessive desire for wealth
  • Pray, my dear aunt, what is the difference in matrimonial affairs, between the mercenary and the prudent motive?  Where does discretion end, and avarice begin?
    Austen, Jane  --  Pride and Prejudice
  • Avarice, envy, pride,
    Three fatal sparks, have set the hearts of all
    On Fire.
    Dante Alighieri
  • We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge or gallantry would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution is designed only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate for any other.
    John Adams
  • Of course you know that ambition and avarice are held to be, as indeed they are, a disgrace?
    Plato  --  The Republic

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