av·a·rice /ˈævərəs, ˈævrəs/
1. An excessive or inordinate desire of gain; greediness for wealth; covetousness; cupidity.
To desire money for its own sake, and in order to hoard it up, is avarice. --Beattie.
2. An inordinate desire for some supposed good.
All are taught an avarice of praise. --Goldsmith.
n 1: reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth
(personified as one of the deadly sins) [syn: greed, covetousness,
2: extreme greed for material wealth [syn: avariciousness, covetousness,