- The definition of avarice means greed or a great a desire to be rich.
An example of avarice is deciding which college degree to get and which job to take based only on the expected salary.
Avarice is a great desire to be rich.
avarice definition by Webster's New World
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French ; from Classical Latin avaritia ; from avarus, greedy ; from avere, to desire
avarice definition by American Heritage Dictionary
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin avāritia, from avārus, greedy, from avēre, to desire.