Part of speech: noun

Passion for riches; covetousness; cupidity.

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Usage examples "avarice":

  1. This is true of avarice; but it is not so of economy. - "The American Frugal Housewife", Lydia M. Child.
  2. The people being poor, and not used to paying such taxes, were easily led to believe that it was King James's avarice, and not the necessities of the government, which caused them to be exacted. - "Stories and Legends of Travel and History, for Children", Grace Greenwood.
  3. The result isn't usually beyond the dreams of avarice, I said, with a desperate levity. - "An Open-Eyed Conspiracy--An Idyl of Saratoga", William Dean Howells.