n. greediness for wealth; insatiable desire of gain
King Midas is a perfect example of avarice, for he was so greedy that he wished everything he touched would turn to gold.
Sentence in Classic:
I had heard of her as leading a most unhappy life, and as being separated from her husband, who had used her with great cruelty, and who had become quite renowned as a compound of pride, avarice, brutality, and meanness.
Great Expectations By Charles Dickens Context
And, to go to the root of the matter, I affirm that this vice of ingratitude has its source either in avarice or in suspicion.
Discourses on the First Decade of Titus Livius By Niccolo Machiavelli Context
Otherwise, as avarice is the necessary consequence of old age, those immortals would in time become proprietors of the whole nation, and engross the civil power, which, for want of abilities to manage, must end in the ruin of the public.
Gulliver's Travels(V2) By Jonathan Swift Context
It seemed as if his avarice were struggling with his better nature, and compelling him to pouch zecchin after zecchin while his generosity urged him to restore some part at least to his benefactor, or as a donation to his agent.
Having long had as much money as he could spend, nothing to wish for on the side of avarice or indulgence, he has been gradually learning to pin his happiness upon the consequence he is heir to.
Bonacieux was one of profound selfishness mixed with sordid avarice, the whole seasoned with extreme cowardice.
THE THREE MUSKETEERS By Alexandre Dumas Context