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avarice
used in Gulliver's Travels

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Definition
excessive desire for wealth
  • 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?
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (68% in)
  • He was perfectly astonished with the historical account gave him of our affairs during the last century; protesting "it was only a heap of conspiracies, rebellions, murders, massacres, revolutions, banishments, the very worst effects that avarice, faction, hypocrisy, perfidiousness, cruelty, rage, madness, hatred, envy, lust, malice, and ambition, could produce."
    Part 2 — A Voyage to Brobdingnag (72% in)
  • 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.
    Part 3 — A Voyage to Laputa, Balnibarbi, .... (94% in)
  • Therefore since money alone was able to perform all these feats, our Yahoos thought they could never have enough of it to spend, or to save, as they found themselves inclined, from their natural bent either to profusion or avarice; that the rich man enjoyed the fruit of the poor man's labour, and the latter were a thousand to one in proportion to the former; that the bulk of our people were forced to live miserably, by labouring every day for small wages, to make a few live...
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (39% in)
  • 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.
    Part 4 — A Voyage to the Country of the Houyhnms (52% in)

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