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avarice – Word of the Day


Avarice / av-er-is / noun


1. insatiable greed for riches; inordinate, miserly desire to gain and hoard wealth.


The most ancient and natural grounds of quarrels are lust and avarice ; which, though we may allow to be brethren, or collateral branches of pride, are certainly the issues of want.
— Jonathan Swift, “The Battle of the Books, ” A Tale of a Tub, 1704


Avarice entered English in the 1200s, at the time when Middle English was spoken. It comes from an Old French term, which finds its roots in the Latin word avār(us)“greedy.”

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