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Webster's Dictionary 1828 - Online Edition

Webster's Dictionary 1828

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Avarice

AV'ARICE, noun [Latin avaritia, from avarus, from aveo, to covet.]

An inordinate desire of gaining and possessing wealth; covetousness; greediness or insatiable desire of gain.

Avarice sheds a blasting influence over the finest affections and sweetest comforts of mankind.