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avarice

noun [U] uk   /ˈæv.ər.ɪs/ us    /-ɚ-/ formal
an extremely strong wish to get or keep money or possessions: Her business empire brought her wealth beyond the dreams of avarice (= an extremely large amount of money).
Synonym
avaricious
adjective uk   /ˌæv.əˈrɪʃ.əs/ us  
avariciously
adverb uk   /ˌæv.əˈrɪʃ.əs.li/ us  
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