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Greed

See also Stinginess.
Almayer’s Folly
lust for gold leads to decline. [Br. Lit.: Almayer’s Folly]
Alonso
Shakespearean symbol of avarice. [Br. Lit.: The Tempest]
Béline
fans husband’s hypochondria to get his money. [Fr. Lit.: Le Malade Imaginaire]
Barak’s wife
agrees to sell shadow, symbol of her fertility. [Aust. Opera: R. Strauss, Woman Without a Shadow, Westerman, 432]
Brown, Joe
turns in partner Joe Christmas for reward money. [Am. Lit.: Light in August]
Common Lot, The
the get-rich-quick club. [Am. Lit.: The Common Lot, Hart, 369]
Crawley, Pitt
inherits, marries, and hoards money. [Br. Lit.: Vanity Fair]
Eugénie Grandet
wealth as raison d’être. [Fr. Lit.: Eugenie Grandet, Magill I, 258–260]
Financier, The
riches as raison d’être. [Am. Lit.: The Financier, Magill I, 280–282]
Gehazi
behind master’s back, takes money he declined. [O.T.: II Kings 5:21–22]
Griffiths, Clyde
insatiable desire for wealth causes his downfall. [Am. Lit.: An American Tragedy]
Hoard, Walkadine
hastily marries courtesan posing as wealthy widow. [Br. Lit.: A Trick to Catch the Old One]
Kibroth-hattaavah
Hebrew place name: where greedy were buried. [O.T.: Numbers, 11:33–35]
Lucre, Pecunious
duped into succoring profligate nephew by lure of a fortune. [Br. Lit.: A Trick To Catch the Old One]
Mammon
avaricious fallen angel. [Br. Lit.: Paradise Lost]
Mammon, Sir Epicure
avaricious knight; seeks philosopher’s stone for Midas touch. [Br. Lit.: The Alchemist]
Mansion, The
shows material advantages of respectability winning over kinship. [Am. Lit.: The Mansion, Hart, 520]
Midas
greedy king whose touch turned everything to gold. [Classical Myth.: Bulfinch, 42–44]
Montgomery
mercenary chief proverbially kept for himself all the booty. [Fr. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 618]
Naboth’s Vineyard
another’s possession gotten, by hook or crook. [O.T.: I Kings, 21]
New Grub Street
place of ruthless contest among moneymongers. [Br. Lit.: New Grub Street, Magill I, 647–649]
Osmond, Gilbert
marries Isabel Archer for her money. [Am. Lit.: The Portrait of a Lady, Magill I, 766–768]
Overreach, Sir Giles
grasping usurer, unscrupulous and ambitious. [Br. Lit.: A New Way to Pay Old Debts, Wheeler, 275]
Pardoner’s Tale
three brothers kill each other for treasure. [Br. Lit.: Canterbury Tales, “Pardoner’s Tale”]
pig
medieval symbol of avarice. [Art: Hall, 247]
Putnam, Abbie
marries old man in anticipation of inheritance. [Am. Lit.: Desire Under the Elms]
Scrooge, Ebenezer
byword for greedy miser. [Br. Lit.: A Christmas Carol]
Sisyphus
condemned to impossible task for his avarice. [Gk. Myth.: Wheeler, 1011]
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Like David, their greediness and grasping expose evil's banality.
In my 7 years as an anchorman and reporter at Juba radio, I had seen more than my share of the greediness excercised by the Jieeng-led defunct former High Executive Council.
Parliamentary group: Gas scarcity is cause of greediness.
They also added "that Zoran Zaev's despair, greediness and lack of capacity" were reaching their acme.
VMRODPMNE, on the other hand, stated "that Zoran Zaev's despair, greediness and lack of capacity" were reaching their acme.
In an article published in London the day before yesterday, the ambassador said Saudi Arabia, in its capacity as the cradle of Islam, is facing the greediness of those who are planning to control the region and mobilize it for their wicked objectives, like those who created the Islamic State for Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), confirming that the Kingdom has mobilized financial and military resources to combat terrorism, citing the collapse of Al-Qaeda organization in the Kingdom and Saudi Arabia's pursuance against Al-Qaeda networks outside the Kingdom as results of this determination.
Kate Molloy Just shows you shouldn't judge people by their appearance; weight gain isn't always due to greediness or laziness.
It is essential to protect Saudi and expat workers from the craziness and greediness of certain employers.
The greediness results in the death of the lawyer, as Bill kills her and also one of her men.
Khalil pointed that what recently happened in Blida and Wazzani villages is a decisive evidence of the enemy's aggressiveness and greediness, which demands maintaining Lebanon's power and strength via its Army, people and Resistance to enable it to face challenges and violations.
As usual, the ones with most to lose are the ones who are most powerless: the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who lost their homes, their land, their freedom of movement and their livelihoods, crushed by the ruthless advance and greediness of Israeli settlers.
We all face temptation and periods in our careers (and personal lives) where we may be drawn to convenience, greediness, even luxury, resulting in shortfalls.