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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  
Translations of “avarice”
in Spanish avaricia…
in French avarice…
in German der Geiz…
in Chinese (Traditional) 貪得無厭, 貪婪…
in Russian алчность…
in Turkish para hırsı, servet/ün/şan/şöhret tutkusu, hırsı…
in Chinese (Simplified) 贪得无厌, 贪婪…
in Polish skąpstwo…
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