V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary
Definition: an extreme desire to get or retain wealth--powerful greed
Synonyms: greed, greediness, cupidity, covetousness
Antonyms: generosity, selflessness
Tips: Avarice is listed as one of the "Seven Deadly Sins," first enumerated by theologian Thomas Aquinas, and since, becoming part of popular culture. Avarice is a more sophisticated way of saying "greed." For a memory trick, note how avarice sounds like "a vat of rice." Now imagine a pirate, on a pirate ship, who has the last "vat (container) of rice" on the ship. Imagine the avarice (greed) he would have in protecting his "vat of rice."
His avarice for wealth made him miserly, even though he had more money than most people could spend in a lifetime. (greed)
Her avarice drove her to commit the embezzlement, even though she knew it was wrong. (cupidity, greed)
John despised avarice and always made it a point to be charitable. (greed)
We don't know where his avarice stems from, since everyone in his family has always been very generous and never greedy. (greediness)
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