I believe I also picked this word up from Dickens’ Oliver Twist.
“I believe that there is one story in the world, and only one. . . . Humans are caught—in their lives, in their thoughts, in their hungers and ambitions, in their avarice and cruelty, and in their kindness and generosity too—in a net of good and evil. . . . There is no other story. A man, after he has brushed off the dust and chips of his life, will have left only the hard, clean questions: Was it good or was it evil? Have I done well—or ill?” ― John Steinbeck, East of Eden
1250–1300; Middle English < Old French < Latin avāritia, equivalent to avār ( us ) greedy + -itia -ice
|Part of Speech:||noun|
|Synonyms:||avidity, close-fistedness, covetousness, cupidity, frugality, grabbiness, greediness, miserliness, niggardliness, parsimony, penny- pinching, penuriousness, rapacity, stinginess, thrift|
Asked same friend for another sentence,
Consumed by his own avarice for pork rinds, the portly pollack soon had no room for momma’s kielbasa.
Funny and disgusting all in one; bravo!
“Avarice” by Georges Barbier – 1924