When plunder becomes a way of life for a group of men in a society, over the course of time they create for themselves a legal system that authorizes it and a moral code that glorifies it.

Frédéric Bastiat


(Latin, avaritia), avarice, cupidity, or covetousness, is the inordinate desire to possess wealth, goods, or objects of abstract value with the intention to keep it for one's self, far beyond the dictates of basic survival and comfort.

It is applied to a markedly high desire for and pursuit of wealth, status, and power. To the deluded mind, these material acquisitions makes them feel excessively moral, social, or otherwise better than others. The avaricious psyche has a diminished sense of self worth, as a result of which there is an urgency to do something, or have something, so that people will think that they are worthy of love, affection, and respect. Notice that the attention of a personality rooted in avariciousness is not within, but without.

In a mind that is infected with avarice, there is a willing desire to compromise virtue due to an extreme attachment to things material. Virtue, morality, and ethics are to be used selectively, and only in cases where it won't harm one's fame, fortune, and prestige. Selfishness, falsehood, deceit, hypocrisy, and theft are common characteristics inherent within the avaricious heart.

Avarice Related Suffering


An intent marked by deliberate deceptiveness especially by pretending one set of feelings and acting under the influence of another.


A quality of not being true or accurate. The act of rendering something false as by fraudulent changes (of documents or measures etc.) or counterfeiting.


Insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have. Behavior that does not agree with what someone claims to believe or feel.


Stinginess resulting from a concern for your own welfare and a disregard of others. Selfishness is being concerned, sometimes excessively or exclusively, for oneself or one's own advantage, pleasure, or welfare, regardless of others.


The act of taking something from someone unlawfully.