Weird Word: Avaricious

by on Nov.25, 2013, under Weird Words, Writing

Avaricious

Adjective

  • Actuated by avarice; greedy of gain; immoderately desirous of accumulating property.

Other Forms:

  • avarice
  • avariciously
  • avariciousness

Example Usage:

He stared at the device in a manner that was either covetous or avaricious but was quiet decidedly not both, as explained by expert grammarians when advised of the situation.

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Commentary:

Just to mix it up, I’ve provided a word which is actually related to the word you believe it would be, that is avarice. I’ve included it because I’m no sure I’ve every actually seen the word used and I like how it looks. It is effectively a synonym for covetous, except that when one looks up the definition of covetous we find that it means inordinately desirous instead of immoderately. I suspect that means that avaricious wins, but I’m sure plenty of people disagree.

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