Greed is an overwhelming urge to have more of something, usually more than you really need. Watching kids at a birthday party furiously grabbing for candy from a piñata, you might find yourself surprised at their greed.

Greed is often connected with money, a desire to acquire as much of it as possible, but it can refer to that kind of urge toward anything, like food or material possessions. When you see greed, it's an ugly thing, whether you're observing a greedy person or the greed of a huge company that treats its workers badly in order to make more money. Greed comes from the Old English grædig, or "voracious," which means "always hungry for more."

Definitions of greed
  1. noun
    reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)
    synonyms: avarice, avaritia, covetousness, rapacity
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    deadly sin, mortal sin
    an unpardonable sin entailing a total loss of grace
  2. noun
    excessive desire to acquire or possess more (especially more material wealth) than one needs or deserves
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    avarice, avariciousness, covetousness, cupidity
    extreme greed for material wealth
    excessive desire to possess or dominate
    strong desire to acquire and possess
    preoccupation with the acquisition and possession of books
    retentiveness, retentivity
    the property of retaining possessions that have been acquired
    type of:
    an inclination to want things
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