I am looking for a word that would describe someone who is not just greedy but would go to extremes, someone who could take away the last piece of bread from starving children. Someone who is like a scrooge, thing is - one does not say scroogy...

I was thinking parsimonious but it still sounds a bit too light...

Is there a word for excessive greed?

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    scrooge is a miser ... but miserly and greedy are different
    – Tom22
    Apr 6, 2017 at 0:49
  • if you want word for a pathological sort of greed I might use Avarice .. you could look up synonyms for greed pretty easily on your own.
    – Tom22
    Apr 6, 2017 at 0:50
  • @Tom22 I mean in the sense that he is so greedy that could take away last peace of bread from starving children... Apr 6, 2017 at 0:51
  • @Tom22 Avaricious! brilliant. Thanks Tom. Apr 6, 2017 at 0:52
  • rapacious:Aggressively greedy or grasping.[en.oxforddictionaries.com/definition/rapacious] Apr 6, 2017 at 1:16

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There's always Wikisaurus. It's spotty but easily fixed as you go when you find words missing.

In any case, scrooge-like and parsimonious are synonyms for being pathologically frugal, not greedy. Scrooge earned every penny he had. The problem was seeing money as the goal instead of a means towards improving life for himself and others.

Pathological greed is rapaciousness.


See Avarice, defined by Merriam Webster as

excessive or insatiable desire for wealth or gain : greediness, cupidity

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