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
  1. noun
    reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)
    synonyms: avaritia, covetousness, greed, rapacity
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    type of:
    deadly sin, mortal sin
    an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace
  2. noun
    extreme greed for material wealth
    synonyms: avariciousness, covetousness, cupidity
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    type of:
    excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deserves
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