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Definition of Avarice


  1. An excessive or inordinate desire of gain; greediness after wealth; covetousness; cupidity.
  2. An inordinate desire for some supposed good.

Avarice Quotations

Lust is to the other passions what the nervous fluid is to life; it supports them all, lends strength to them all ambition, cruelty, avarice, revenge, are all founded on lust.
Marquis de Sade

Pride, envy, avarice - these are the sparks have set on fire the hearts of all men.
Dante Alighieri

We are a puny and fickle folk. Avarice, hesitation, and following are our diseases.
Ralph Waldo Emerson

For at least another hundred years we must pretend to ourselves and to every one that fair is foul and foul is fair; for foul is useful and fair is not. Avarice and usury and precaution must be our gods for a little longer still.
John Maynard Keynes

'Maneater' is about N.Y.C. in the '80s. It's about greed, avarice, and spoiled riches.
John Oates
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Avarice Translations

avarice in German is Habsucht, Habgier
avarice in Latin is avaritia, concupiscentia, cupiditas
avarice in Norwegian is gjerrighet, griskhet
avarice in Swedish is girighet
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