Avarice is a fancy word for good old-fashioned greed. It's one of what some call "the seven deadly sins."

Do you want more and more money? Or cookies? Or video games? Or anything? Then your heart is full of avarice, which you probably know better as greed. When people talk about greed, it's clearly not a good thing, but avarice has an even worse flavor to it. Avarice is often looked upon as a sin, and it's always considered despicable and evil.

Definitions of avarice

n reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)

avaritia, covetousness, greed, rapacity
Type of:
deadly sin, mortal sin
an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace

n extreme greed for material wealth

avariciousness, covetousness, cupidity
Type of:
excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deserves

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