- 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.
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French ; from Classical Latin avaritia ; from avarus, greedy ; from avere, to desire
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Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin avāritia, from avārus, greedy, from avēre, to desire.