greed

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Etymology[edit]

Back-formation from greedy.

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  • enPR: grēd, IPA(key): /ɡɹid/
  • Rhymes: -iːd
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greed (countable and uncountable, plural greeds)

  1. A selfish or excessive desire for more than is needed or deserved, especially of money, wealth, food, or other possessions.
    His greed was his undoing.
    • 1885, Richard F. Burton, The Book of the Thousand Nights and a Night, Night 564:
      [] But when I had bestridden the plank, quoth I to myself, "Thou deserveth all that betideth thee. All this is decreed to me of Allah (whose name be exalted!), to turn me from my greed of gain, whence ariseth all that I endure, for I have wealth galore."

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greed (third-person singular simple present greeds, present participle greeding, simple past and past participle greeded)

  1. To desire in a greedy manner, or to act on such a desire.
    • 1848, Edward Bulwer Lytton Baron Lytton, Harold: The Last of the Saxon Kings, page 218:
      The ravens sit greeding, And watching, and heeding: Thoro' wind, over water, Comes scent of the slaughter, And ravens sit greeding Their share of the bones.
    • 1885, Sir Richard Francis Burton, A Plain and Literal Translation of the Arabian Nights:
      Hearing these words he arose, because indeed he greeded for her, and came up behind her as she rested upon her elbows and knees and bending in hand his prickle nailed it into her coynte and did manly devoir.
    • 2008, Leonard Warwick, The Unspoken, page 284:
      This conniving bastard has greeded the farm off an old man and I end up with nothing.

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