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  • Freak keeps saying stuff like, "That's the Castle of Avarice," and, "Yonder lies the Bloated Moat," and when we go under trees he'll say, "Proceed with caution," or, "All clear," depending on how low the branches come down.†   (source)
  • Vimla's avaricious husband-to-be with the perfect horoscope was demanding a red Maruti car from Potatoes-babu.†   (source)
  • The Tyroshi were notorious for their avarice, and Ser Rodrik had argued for hiring a fishing sloop out of the Three Sisters, but Catelyn had insisted on the galley.†   (source)
  • Then she rose again, brazen with her various sins—pride, gluttony, avarice, uncooperativeness—and for each she paid with a life.†   (source)
  • It was roughly four times what even the most avaricious moneylender would charge.†   (source)
  • A Belgian newspaperman there recognized wit and raw avarice—a useful combination in any game.†   (source)
  • I was just beginning to understand her avarice, her magic.†   (source)
  • He did not behave this way out of avarice; it was simply that his family no longer interested him.†   (source)
  • Compared to the drug offenders, the "white-collar" criminals had often demonstrated a lot more avarice, though their crimes were rarely glamorous—bank fraud, insurance fraud, credit card scams, check kiting.†   (source)
  • She had no words to tell her tormentor that the borrowing trait in her tribe which had earned them the name of the borrowing Passmores proceeded not from avarice, which ate into Pap Himes's very marrow, but from its reverse trait of generosity.†   (source)
  • Colonel Cathcart brightened instantly at the thought and began rubbing his hands with avaricious zest.†   (source)
  • A single assembly could "grow avaricious ....exempt itself from burdens ....become ambitious and after some time vote itselfperpetual."†   (source)
  • Otherwise"—and here I twisted my face into one of the spoiled grimaces I remembered from my father-in-law's concubines—"I will say that I found no hospitality from this family, only avarice, inconsideration, and vulgarity" Such a tremendous risk I took that day!†   (source)
  • And Bourne could hardly trust an avaricious night clerk, he might easily look for a reward from the Surete.†   (source)
  • It's the power of my father, all will and rules and law, and governed himself by Deadly Sins, chief among them avarice and lust.†   (source)
  • The gray cat she'd named Galahad lay like a fat slug on the arm of the chair and studied Roarke's plate with bicolored, avaricious eyes.†   (source)
  • People who support the right side of a question can also have ulterior motives like ambition, avarice, personal animosity, and party opposition.†   (source)
  • I sit that way myself, the cold marbles rolling in between my legs, gathering in my outspread skirt, calling out cat's eye, cat's eye, in a regretful tone, feeling nothing but avarice and a pleasurable terror.†   (source)
  • Humans are caught—in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too—in a net of good and evil.†   (source)
  • I always looked forward to these letters, feeling fortunate to have this Southern Lord Chesterfield as an advisor, who so delighted me with his old-fashioned disquisitions upon pride and avarice and ambition, bigotry, political skulduggery, venereal excess and other mortal sins and dangers.†   (source)
  • There were times when he saw, not through the eyes of the body that had once been his, but saw as a demon saw, in all directions, and stripped flesh and bone from those among whom he passed, to behold the flames of their beings, colored with the hues and shades of their passions, flickering with avarice and lust and envy, darting with greed and hunger, smouldering with hate, waning with fear and pain.†   (source)
  • But since in fact we see that avarice, anger, envy, pride, sloth, lust and stupidity commonly profit far beyond humility, chastity, fortitude, justice and thought, and have to choose, to be human at all ....why then perhaps we must stand fast a little-even at the risk of being heroes.†   (source)
  • The cricket cherished what avaricious secret: patiently sculptured what effigy of dread?†   (source)
  • The borealis flickered around her features and tightly gowned figure, but it could not disguise the fact that although she had ambition, avarice, and ingenuity, she was utterly devoid of sensitivity and clairvoyance.†   (source)
  • They knew his ignorance, his cruelty, his avarice, his appetites, his sins.   (source)
  • His face had not the harsh and rigid lines of later years; but it had begun to wear the signs of care and avarice.   (source)
    avarice = greed
  • Avarice, hard-dealing, griping cares?   (source)
    avarice = excessive desire for wealth
  • Arrogance and avarice and lust for power.†   (source)
  • And a desire for three million francs in the avaricious section of that heart.†   (source)
  • He ruminated on avarice, poverty, fame, and honor.†   (source)
  • Legislatures also feel rage, resentment, jealousy, avarice, and other violent emotions.†   (source)
  • His avarice might be a guard on his avarice.†   (source)
  • Frugality and industry were virtues everywhere, but avarice and stinginess were not frugality.†   (source)
  • The desire to make money, the object of human avarice and enterprise, energizes industry.†   (source)
  • An avaricious man might betray the nation to acquire wealth.†   (source)
  • Perhaps he is vain or ambitious, as well as avaricious.†   (source)
  • My father is the soul of avarice, and my sweet sister Cersei lusts for power with every waking breath.†   (source)
  • In a stress-defying bid for unrealistic expansion, his father had overextended himself, committing enormous sums of money that existed only in his imagination and in the minds of avaricious bankers.†   (source)
  • They have less ambition, I mean that of conquest and military glory, than their neighbors, but I don't perceive that they have more avarice.†   (source)
  • Or is ambition and avarice, adulation, baseness, covetousness, the thirst for riches, indifference concerning the means of rising and enriching, the contempt of principle, the spirit of party and of faction the motive and principle that governs?†   (source)
  • But more disturbing to him than almost anything was the view heard in many circles that the old ideal of devotion to the public good had been supplanted by rampant avarice; the love of country, by a love of luxury.†   (source)
  • Was he a selfish, avaricious, designing, deceitful villain, I should think he had encroached upon the old gentleman's prerogatives.†   (source)
  • I've showed the dangers if the knot is severed by ambition or avarice, by jealousy or misrepresentation.†   (source)
  • Or are they scattered over the face of the country as avarice or chance has cast their lot or that of their ancestors?†   (source)
  • Abigail and friends spoke bitterly of a selfish, avaricious spirit that had taken hold to a degree unthinkable earlier.†   (source)
  • But if he is forced to leave office, his avarice would probably win over his caution, his vanity, or his ambition.†   (source)
  • The mild voice of reason, pleading the cause of a larger interest, is drowned out by the clamors of impatient avarice for immediate and immoderate gain.†   (source)
  • But to depend on a government that must, itself, depend on thirteen other governments to fulfill its contracts would require a credulity rarely seen in the monetary transactions of mankind and unreconcilable with the usual sharp-sightedness of avarice.†   (source)
  • An avaricious man, who knows when he must give up the benefits of his office, would be tempted to make the best use of his limited opportunity.†   (source)
  • Effect on Avaricious Office Holder†   (source)
  • They are constantly bombarded by the wiles of parasites and sycophants, by the snares of the ambitious, the avaricious, the desperate, by the artifices of men who have more confidence than they deserve, and of those who seek to possess rather than to deserve it.†   (source)
  • Although she could scarcely be called avaricious, Sophie loved the fat American life; self-denial was not among her most obvious qualities, and I wondered with a soft but audible groan how on earth I'd be able to provide for the two of us.†   (source)
  • His avaricious manner of collecting all the eatables about him, and devouring some with his eyes while devouring others with his jaws, was the same manner.†   (source)
    avaricious = having or showing excessive desire for wealth
  • Avarice, he assured them, was the one passion that grew stronger and sweeter in old age.†   (source)
  • They are selfish, unjust, violent, lustful, proud, and avaricious.†   (source)
  • And continued novelty costs money, so that the desire for it spells avarice or unhappiness or both.†   (source)
  • As compared with their opposite numbers in past ages, they were less avaricious, less tempted by luxury, hungrier for pure power, and, above all, more conscious of what they were doing and more intent on crushing opposition.†   (source)
  • Marriage was not an affair of personal affection, but of family avarice, particularly in the "chivalrous" upper classes...Betrothal often took place while one or both of the parties was in the cradle, and marriage when they were scarcely out of the nurses' charge.'†   (source)
  • Avarice.†   (source)
  • The malicious actress had seen the Marquesa arrive and presently began improvising couplets alluding to her appearance, her avarice, her drunkenness, and even to her daughter's flight from her.†   (source)
  • The modern hero, the modern individual who dares to heed the call and seek the mansion of that presence with whom it is our whole destiny to be atoned, cannot, indeed must not, wait for his community to cast off its slough of pride, fear, rationalized avarice, and sanctified misunderstanding.†   (source)
  • There is a phenomenal pride in it that excludes them from anything mercenary or avaricious.†   (source)
  • He grew avaricious and was impatient that the farm contained only six hundred acres.†   (source)
  • The price of gold soared and the commodities of life were almost beyond the dreams of avarice.†   (source)
  • I'm afraid it'll turn you into a mean, avaricious man, and we shall have to disown you.†   (source)
  • Avaricious farmers hunted him with shot-guns.†   (source)
  • They both agreed in calling him an old screw; which means a very stingy, avaricious person.†   (source)
  • Ah, how strange it seems that such a young and beautiful woman should be so avaricious.†   (source)
  • And did you ever hear that my father was an avaricious, grasping man?†   (source)
  • Public and private avarice make the air we breathe thick and fat.†   (source)
  • These priests are all thus, greedy and avaricious.†   (source)
  • The king was winning; and as he was very avaricious, he was in an excellent humor.†   (source)
  • The man was of powerful frame, and too avaricious to part with his goods without a struggle.†   (source)
  • Where does discretion end, and avarice begin?†   (source)
  • Good, so much the better," said Caderousse, his eyes sparkling with avarice.†   (source)
  • Porthos observed a last struggle between love and avarice.†   (source)
  • Perhaps she'll think I'm giving it up from avarice.†   (source)
  • The bourgeois is avaricious, the bourgeoise is a prude; your century is unfortunate.†   (source)
  • You are, at least, as avaricious as you are revengeful.†   (source)
  • Give it here, you avaricious old skeleton, give it here!'†   (source)
  • Tis the counsel of an avaricious man to beggars.†   (source)
  • He has some, but he is very avaricious; that is his fault.†   (source)
  • Bonacieux was cowardly and avaricious, but he loved his wife.†   (source)
  • Francoise was avaricious only for my aunt; had she had control over my aunt's fortune (which would have more than satisfied her highest ambition) she would have guarded it from the assaults of strangers with a maternal ferocity.†   (source)
  • Clif's opposition stirred him to consider Madeline not merely with a sly and avaricious interest but with a dramatic conviction that he longed to marry her.†   (source)
  • There are many definite methods, honest and dishonest, which make people rich; the only "instinct" I know of which does it is that instinct which theological Christianity crudely describes as "the sin of avarice."†   (source)
  • A horrible procession of wretched girls, each in the claws of a cynical, cunning, avaricious, disillusioned, ignorantly experienced, foul-minded old woman whom she calls mother, and whose duty it is to corrupt her mind and sell her to the highest bidder.†   (source)
  • His little yellow face, all crumpled as though it had been squeezed together, expressed the most anxious, eager avarice.†   (source)
  • Rather it has passed to those men who have come to take charge of the industrial exploitation of the New South,—the sons of poor whites fired with a new thirst for wealth and power, thrifty and avaricious Yankees, and unscrupulous immigrants.†   (source)
  • The Puritans are always denouncing books that inflame lust; what shall we say of books that inflame the viler passions of avarice and pride?†   (source)
  • thought of the smooth efficiency of his household, the smartness of his own wardrobe and of his servants' liveries, the soundness of his investments, with the same relish as when he read in Saint-Simon, who was one of his favourite authors, of the machinery of daily life at Versailles, what Mme. de Maintenon ate and drank, or the shrewd avarice and great pomp of Lulli.†   (source)
  • It was a fine arrangement for Henry Crawford, who was close to Fanny, and with his hands full of business, having two persons' cards to manage as well as his own; for though it was impossible for Fanny not to feel herself mistress of the rules of the game in three minutes, he had yet to inspirit her play, sharpen her avarice, and harden her heart, which, especially in any competition with William, was a work of some difficulty; and as for Lady Bertram, he must continue in charge of all her fame and fortune through the whole evening; and if quick enough to keep her from looking at her cards when the deal began, must direct her in whatever was to be done with them to the end of it.†   (source)
  • First the avaricious grandchildren split upon him on account of their objections to his living so unreasonably long, and then they split on one another.†   (source)
  • I had heard of her as leading a most unhappy life, and as being separated from her husband, who had used her with great cruelty, and who had become quite renowned as a compound of pride, avarice, brutality, and meanness.†   (source)
  • It did not make humanity or kindness its law, but it extolled generosity; it set more store on liberality than on benevolence; it allowed men to enrich themselves by gambling or by war, but not by labor; it preferred great crimes to small earnings; cupidity was less distasteful to it than avarice; violence it often sanctioned, but cunning and treachery it invariably reprobated as contemptible.†   (source)
  • He was incapable of heroism, weak, banal, more spiritless than a woman, avaricious too, and cowardly.†   (source)
  • By avarice and selfishness, and a grovelling habit, from which none of us is free, of regarding the soil as property, or the means of acquiring property chiefly, the landscape is deformed, husbandry is degraded with us, and the farmer leads the meanest of lives.†   (source)
  • "I would't I might die now and live then!" interrupted Smug, the wheelwright, with a fine avaricious glow in his eye.†   (source)
  • Judith turned away shocked, but Hetty eagerly sought the passage, which she read aloud to the conscience stricken victim of his own avaricious longings.†   (source)
  • Could he, for an instant, have supposed that, in my admonisher at Eton—in the destroyer of my honor at Oxford,—in him who thwarted my ambition at Rome, my revenge at Paris, my passionate love at Naples, or what he falsely termed my avarice in Egypt,—that in this, my arch-enemy and evil genius, could fall to recognise the William Wilson of my school boy days,—the namesake, the companion, the rival,—the hated and dreaded rival at Dr. Bransby's?†   (source)
  • It was a simple quadrangular pyramid, set on a coral base, with no ironwork to tempt the natives' avarice.†   (source)
  • I know he couldn't love a Linton; and yet he'd be quite capable of marrying your fortune and expectations: avarice is growing with him a besetting sin.†   (source)
  • I knew the law gave him power to fulfil it; for slaveholders have been cunning enough to enact that "the child shall follow the condition of the mother," not of the father, thus taking care that licentiousness shall not interfere with avarice.†   (source)
  • They know from experience that they sometimes err; and the wonder is that they so seldom err as they do, beset, as they continually are, by the wiles of parasites and sycophants; by the snares of the ambitious, the avaricious, the desperate; by the artifices of men who possess their confidence more than they deserve it, and of those who seek to possess rather than to deserve it.†   (source)
  • Ill-treating the boys, you covetous, avaricious, in-sa-ti-a-ble old fence?' said the man, seating himself deliberately.†   (source)
  • Having long had as much money as he could spend, nothing to wish for on the side of avarice or indulgence, he has been gradually learning to pin his happiness upon the consequence he is heir to.†   (source)
  • All her avarice was awakened at the mention of hidden gold, and she urged her husband to comply with the black man's terms, and secure what would make them wealthy for life.†   (source)
  • How I had a grasping, avaricious wish to shut out everybody from her but myself, and to be all in all to her, at that unseasonable time of all times.†   (source)
  • It was not in places of general resort, or where their equals were assembled, that any avaricious or malevolent noble durst offer him injury.†   (source)
  • The old man's eye was keen with the twinklings of avarice and cunning; the young man's bright with the light of intelligence and spirit.†   (source)
  • He was not lavish, nor, on the contrary, avaricious; for, whenever he knew that money was needed for a noble, useful, or benevolent purpose, he supplied it quietly and sometimes anonymously.†   (source)
  • "I don't take to Philip," said he, smiling, "for it sounds like a moral boy out of the spelling-book, who was so lazy that he fell into a pond, or so fat that he couldn't see out of his eyes, or so avaricious that he locked up his cake till the mice ate it, or so determined to go a bird's-nesting that he got himself eaten by bears who lived handy in the neighborhood.†   (source)
  • At first it seemed as if the remembrance of the promised reward grew vivid in his mind, while he listened to the sources of parental feeling which were to assure its possession; but, as Duncan proceeded, the expression of joy became so fiercely malignant that it was impossible not to apprehend it proceeded from some passion more sinister than avarice.†   (source)
  • A most remarkable circumstance is, that I really don't think he grasped this sum even so much for the gratification of his avarice, which was inordinate, as in the hatred he felt for Copperfield.†   (source)
  • But it is the misfortune of Indians to be brought into contact with a civilized people, which is also (it must be owned) the most avaricious nation on the globe, whilst they are still semi-barbarian: to find despots in their instructors, and to receive knowledge from the hand of oppression.†   (source)
  • And has not her own avarice been sufficiently punished by the ruin of her own hopes and the loss of the property by which she set so much store?†   (source)
  • "Do not thou interrupt me with thine ill-timed avarice," said the Outlaw, "and I will deal with him in thy behalf."†   (source)
  • They hold up avarice afore me, on one side, and fear on t'other, and think honesty will give way atween 'em both.†   (source)
  • I could not picture a father treating a dying child as tyrannically and wickedly as I afterwards learned Heathcliff had treated him, to compel this apparent eagerness: his efforts redoubling the more imminently his avaricious and unfeeling plans were threatened with defeat by death.†   (source)
  • No one—man or woman—could think of naming your honest heart, manly nature, and simple truth, with the boisterous selfishness, greedy avarice, and overbearing ferocity of Harry March.†   (source)
  • With her sister-in-law, Rebecca was satisfactorily able to prove that it was Mrs. Bute Crawley who brought about the marriage which she afterwards so calumniated; that it was Mrs. Bute's avarice—who hoped to gain all Miss Crawley's fortune and deprive Rawdon of his aunt's favour—which caused and invented all the wicked reports against Rebecca.†   (source)
  • see them carefully tended; let them not say in their pride, the Saxon churl has shown at once his poverty and his avarice.†   (source)
  • That Mr. W. has been for years deluded and plundered, in every conceivable manner, to the pecuniary aggrandisement of the avaricious, false, and grasping — HEEP.†   (source)
  • Hatred evidently inspired the Englishman, who, knowing no other reproach to bring on the count, accused him of avarice.†   (source)
  • He called the animals his cousins, and reminded them that his protecting influence was the reason they remained unharmed, while many avaricious traders were prompting the Indians to take their lives.†   (source)
  • That, once suspecting the existence of a conspiracy, they had no difficulty in tracing back its origin to the malice of Ralph, and the vindictiveness and avarice of Squeers.†   (source)
  • Every good quality tends towards a defect; economy borders on avarice, the generous man is next door to the prodigal, the brave man rubs elbows with the braggart; he who says very pious says a trifle bigoted; there are just as many vices in virtue as there are holes in Diogenes' cloak.†   (source)
  • They were influenced by hatred, by avarice, and by self-love; but I was base, and for want of courage acted against my judgment.†   (source)
  • She had already unclasped two costly bracelets and a collar, which she hastened to proffer to the supposed outlaw, concluding naturally that to gratify his avarice was to bespeak his favour.†   (source)
  • The whole air and attitude of the form was one of stealthy cat-like obsequiousness; the whole expression of the face was concentrated in a wrinkled leer, compounded of cunning, lecherousness, slyness, and avarice.†   (source)
  • Lady Southdown the great advantages which might occur from an intimacy between her family and Miss Crawley—advantages both worldly and spiritual, he said: for Miss Crawley was now quite alone; the monstrous dissipation and alliance of his brother Rawdon had estranged her affections from that reprobate young man; the greedy tyranny and avarice of Mrs. Bute Crawley had caused the old lady to revolt against the exorbitant pretensions of that part of the family; and though he himself had held off all his life from cultivating Miss Crawley's friendship, with perhaps an improper pride, he thought now that every becoming means should be taken, both to save her soul from perdition, and t†   (source)
  • At bottom the character of M. Bonacieux was one of profound selfishness mixed with sordid avarice, the whole seasoned with extreme cowardice.†   (source)
  • But among the vices of Front-de-Boeuf, a hard and griping man, avarice was predominant; and he preferred setting church and churchmen at defiance, to purchasing from them pardon and absolution at the price of treasure and of manors.†   (source)
  • There is no more violent prodigal than the avaricious man who takes the bit in his teeth; there is no man more terrible in action than a dreamer.†   (source)
  • No, it will all go well; M. d'Epinay, if he is an honorable man, will consider himself more than ever pledged to Mademoiselle de Villefort, unless he were actuated by a decided feeling of avarice, but that is impossible.†   (source)
  • Stern, unyielding, dogged, and impenetrable, Ralph cared for nothing in life, or beyond it, save the gratification of two passions, avarice, the first and predominant appetite of his nature, and hatred, the second.†   (source)
  • Once he was begging for the poor in a drawing-room of the town; there was present the Marquis de Champtercier, a wealthy and avaricious old man, who contrived to be, at one and the same time, an ultra-royalist and an ultra-Voltairian.†   (source)
  • Traders in the avarice, indifference, or imbecility of parents, and the helplessness of children; ignorant, sordid, brutal men, to whom few considerate persons would have entrusted the board and lodging of a horse or a dog; they formed the worthy cornerstone of a structure, which, for absurdity and a magnificent high-minded LAISSEZ-ALLER neglect, has rarely been exceeded in the world.†   (source)
  • "I did not come to Rome to see," said Danglars aloud; then he added softly, with an avaricious smile, "I came to touch!" and he rapped his pocket-book, in which he had just placed a letter.†   (source)
  • It seemed as if his avarice were struggling with his better nature, and compelling him to pouch zecchin after zecchin while his generosity urged him to restore some part at least to his benefactor, or as a donation to his agent.†   (source)
  • "Monsieur," said the young woman, "I know you to be cowardly, avaricious, and foolish, but I never till now believed you infamous!"†   (source)
  • But in this task of consolation De Bracy was interrupted by the horn, "hoarse-winded blowing far and keen," which had at the same time alarmed the other inmates of the castle, and interrupted their several plans of avarice and of license.†   (source)
  • It was on one of the flagstones of this cloister that there was once picked up a confession which had been written out in advance, in order that she might not forget it, by a sinner of seven years:— "Father, I accuse myself of having been avaricious.†   (source)
  • The most preoccupied of the four friends was certainly d'Artagnan, although he, in his quality of Guardsman, would be much more easily equipped than Messieurs the Musketeers, who were all of high rank; but our Gascon cadet was, as may have been observed, of a provident and almost avaricious character, and with that (explain the contradiction) so vain as almost to rival Porthos.†   (source)
  • But now, when he thought how regularly things went on, from day to day, in the same unvarying round; how youth and beauty died, and ugly griping age lived tottering on; how crafty avarice grew rich, and manly honest hearts were poor and sad; how few they were who tenanted the stately houses, and how many of those who lay in noisome pens, or rose each day and laid them down each night, and lived and died, father and son, mother and child, race upon race, and generation upon generation, without a home to shelter them or the energie†   (source)
  • The obstinacy and avarice of the Jews being thus in a measure placed in opposition to the fanaticism that tyranny of those under whom they lived, seemed to increase in proportion to the persecution with which they were visited; and the immense wealth they usually acquired in commerce, while it frequently placed them in danger, was at other times used to extend their influence, and to secure to them a certain degree of protection.†   (source)
  • He is avaricious.†   (source)
  • No silver will I give thee, unless I were to pour it molten down thy avaricious throat—no, not a silver penny will I give thee, Nazarene, were it to save thee from the deep damnation thy whole life has merited!†   (source)
  • Oppression is often the CONSEQUENCE, but seldom or never the MEANS of riches; and though avarice will preserve a man from being necessitously poor, it generally makes him too timorous to be wealthy.†   (source)
  • —Well may it be doubted; for, had I really loved, could I have sacrificed my feelings to vanity, to avarice?†   (source)
  • Temperance, for example, was by some confined to eating and drinking, while by others it was extended to mean the moderating every other pleasure, appetite, inclination, or passion, bodily or mental, even to our avarice and ambition.†   (source)
  • Thorpe, most happy to be on speaking terms with a man of General Tilney's importance, had been joyfully and proudly communicative; and being at that time not only in daily expectation of Morland's engaging Isabella, but likewise pretty well resolved upon marrying Catherine himself, his vanity induced him to represent the family as yet more wealthy than his vanity and avarice had made him believe them.†   (source)
  • In such a situation as that, where there seemed nothing to tempt the avarice or the vanity of any living creature, how could I suppose, when she so earnestly, so warmly insisted on sharing my fate, whatever it might be, that any thing but the most disinterested affection was her inducement?†   (source)
  • things concerning a prince, and discussing those which are real, I say that all men when they are spoken of, and chiefly princes for being more highly placed, are remarkable for some of those qualities which bring them either blame or praise; and thus it is that one is reputed liberal, another miserly, using a Tuscan term (because an avaricious person in our language is still he who desires to possess by robbery, whilst we call one miserly who deprives himself too much of the use of his own); one is reputed generous, one rapacious; one cruel, one compassionate; one faithless, another faithful; one effeminate and cowardly, another bold and brave; one affable, another haughty; on†   (source)
  • OF MONARCHY AND HEREDITARY SUCCESSION Mankind being originally equals in the order of creation, the equality could only be destroyed by some subsequent circumstance; the distinctions of rich, and poor, may in a great measure be accounted for, and that without having recourse to the harsh, ill-sounding names of oppression and avarice.†   (source)
  • Thus can I preach against the same vice
    Which that I use, and that is avarice.   (source)
    avarice = excessive desire for wealth
  • Luxurious, avaricious, false, deceitful,
    Sudden, malicious, smacking of every sin   (source)
    avaricious = having or showing excessive desire for wealth
  • I am here happily free from my miserable greatness with all its attendants of pride, ambition, avarice, and luxury,   (source)
    avarice = excessive desire for wealth
  • With his impressive height and those broad, flat cheekbones, I could easily imagine him in command of a dragon ship, deepsunk eyes gleaming with avarice and lust as he peered through the fog at some rocky coastal village.†   (source)
  • Jews, whom christians tax with avarice, are of all races the most given to intermarriage.†   (source)
  • Because at the critical turningpoint of human existence he desired to amend many social conditions, the product of inequality and avarice and international animosity.†   (source)
  • —Saint Thomas, Stephen smiling said, whose gorbellied works I enjoy reading in the original, writing of incest from a standpoint different from that of the new Viennese school Mr Magee spoke of, likens it in his wise and curious way to an avarice of the emotions.†   (source)
  • The Fourth Circle: the Avaricious and the Prodigal.†   (source)
  • It may be objected, that very wise men have been notoriously avaricious.†   (source)
  • A more degenerate and discolor'd age Succeeded this, with avarice and rage.†   (source)
  • What a rare punishment Is avarice to itself!†   (source)
  • *unnatural
    Now, good men, God forgive you your trespass,
    And ware* you from the sin of avarice.†   (source)
  • His avarice might be a guard upon his avarice.†   (source)
  • The Fourth Circle, that of the Avaricious and the Prodigal.†   (source)
  • Such were avarice and ambition, which divided the dominion of his mind between them.†   (source)
  • Add to this that the same man might be vain or ambitious, as well as avaricious.†   (source)
  • This is plain in the violent diseases of ambition and avarice.†   (source)
  • This would serve two ends, both of them acceptable to many; for as those whose avarice led them to transgress would be severely fined, so the selling licences dear would look as if a prince were tender of his people, and would not easily, or at low rates, dispense with anything that might be against the public good.†   (source)
  • Whether they were always so free from avarice, partialities, or want, that a bribe, or some other sinister view, could have no place among them?†   (source)
  • See anger, zeal and fortitude supply;
    Even avarice, prudence; sloth, philosophy;
    Lust, through some certain strainers well refined,
    Is gentle love, and charms all womankind;
    Envy, to which th' ignoble mind's a slave,
    Is emulation in the learned or brave;
    Nor virtue, male or female, can we name,
    But what will grow on pride, or grow on shame.†   (source)
  • So that before the time of Civill Society, or in the interruption thereof by Warre, there is nothing can strengthen a Covenant of Peace agreed on, against the temptations of Avarice, Ambition, Lust, or other strong desire, but the feare of that Invisible Power, which they every one Worship as God; and Feare as a Revenger of their perfidy.†   (source)
  • Are not popular assemblies frequently subject to the impulses of rage, resentment, jealousy, avarice, and of other irregular and violent propensities?†   (source)
  • But my fate was otherwise determined; the busy devil that so industriously drew me in had too fast hold of me to let me go back; but as poverty brought me into the mire, so avarice kept me in, till there was no going back.†   (source)
  • That which taketh away the reputation of Sincerity, is the doing, or saying of such things, as appeare to be signes, that what they require other men to believe, is not believed by themselves; all which doings, or sayings are therefore called Scandalous, because they be stumbling blocks, that make men to fall in the way of Religion: as Injustice, Cruelty, Prophanesse, Avarice, and Luxury.†   (source)
  • , avarice's fool; This [TO CORV.]†   (source)
  • This avarice
    Sticks deeper; grows with more pernicious root
    Than summer-seeming lust; and it hath been
    The sword of our slain kings: yet do not fear;
    Scotland hath foysons to fill up your will,
    Of your mere own: all these are portable,
    With other graces weighed.†   (source)
  • My master said, "he could never discover the reason of this unnatural appetite, or how these stones could be of any use to a Yahoo; but now he believed it might proceed from the same principle of avarice which I had ascribed to mankind.†   (source)
  • As to the arguments which my reason dictated for persuading me to lay down, avarice stepped in and said, 'Go on, go on; you have had very good luck; go on till you have gotten four or five hundred pounds, and they you shall leave off, and then you may live easy without working at all.'†   (source)
  • So entirely does their avarice influence them; and yet this money, which they value so highly, is of little use to them; for what they purchase thus with their blood they quickly waste on luxury, which among them is but of a poor and miserable form.†   (source)
  • With this there grows,
    In my most ill-composed affection, such
    A stanchless avarice, that, were I king,
    I should cut off the nobles for their lands;
    Desire his jewels, and this other's house:
    And my more-having would be as a sauce
    To make me hunger more; that I should forge
    Quarrels unjust against the good and loyal,
    Destroying them for wealth.†   (source)
  • Nor was this all; for though by this job I was become considerably richer than before, yet the resolution I had formerly taken, of leaving off this horrid trade when I had gotten a little more, did not return, but I must still get farther, and more; and the avarice joined so with the success, that I had no more thought of coming to a timely alteration of life, though without it I could expect no safety, no tranquillity in the possession of what I had so wickedly gained; but a little more, and a little more, was the case still.†   (source)
  • Otherwise, as avarice is the necessary consequence of old age, those immortals would in time become proprietors of the whole nation, and engross the civil power, which, for want of abilities to manage, must end in the ruin of the public.†   (source)
  • And whereas in the planting of Christian Religion, the Oracles ceased in all parts of the Roman Empire, and the number of Christians encreased wonderfully every day, and in every place, by the preaching of the Apostles, and Evangelists; a great part of that successe, may reasonably be attributed, to the contempt, into which the Priests of the Gentiles of that time, had brought themselves, by their uncleannesse, avarice, and jugling between Princes.†   (source)
  • Two men are just, but there they are not heeded; Pride, Envy, Avarice are the three sparks that have inflamed their hearts.†   (source)
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