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English definition of “avarice”


noun [U]     /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 greedGreedy avaricious     /ˌæv.əˈrɪʃ.əs/ adjective avariciously     /ˌæv.əˈrɪʃ.ə adverb
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