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ăvārus , a, um, adj. (
I.gen. plur. fem. avarūm, Plaut. Truc. 2, 8, 9 dub.; Speng., aurum) [1. aveo, Gell. 10, 5, 13], eagerly desirous of something, esp. of possessions, avaricious, covetous, greedy (opp. largus, Quadrig. ap. Non. p. 510, 20: avarum et avidum ita discernuntur: avarum semper in reprehensione est; “avidum autem malis aliquando, aliquando bonis adjungitur,Non. p. 442, 12 sq.; v. II.; syn.: avidus, cupidus, tenax, sordidus).
I. Lit.: “meretrix,Ter. Eun. 5, 4, 5, and Cat. 110, 7; cf.: “Carmine formosae, pretio capiuntur avarae,Tib. 3, 1, 7: “leno,Ter. Heaut. prol. 39: “avarus et furax homo,Cic. de Or. 2, 66, 268: “semper avarus eget,Hor. Ep. 1, 2, 56: “quantum discordet parcus avaro,id. ib. 2, 2, 194.—With gen.: “publicae pecuniae,Tac. H. 1, 49: “caedis,Claud. B. Get. 606 et saep.—Poet. transf. to inanimate things: “fuge litus avarum,Verg. A. 3, 44 ( = avarorum, Serv.): “Troja, i. e. with reference to the perjured avarice of Laomedon,Ov. M. 11, 208 (cf.: “perjura Troja,Verg. A. 5, 811; Ov. M. 11, 215): “fraus,Hor. C. 4, 9, 37: “spes,id. ib. 4, 11, 25: “venter,id. Ep. 1, 15, 32: “mare,id. C. 3, 29, 61: Acheron. Verg. G. 2, 492: “ignis,Prop. 3, 26, 10 al.
II. Transf., in the poets sometimes without the access. idea of reproach: Graiis praeter laudem nullius avaris, eager only for glory, Hor.A.P.324: “agricola,Verg. G. 1, 48.—Comp.: “avariores magistratus,Cic. Verr. 2, 3, 82: “ruberes, Viveret in terris te si quis avarior uno,Hor. Ep. 2, 2, 157. —Sup.: “homo avarissime et spurcissime,Cic. Verr. 2, 1, 37.—Adv., covetously, greedily, avariciously, etc.
a. Ante-class. form ăvārĭter , Cato and Quadrig. ap. Non. p. 510, 17: “ingurgitare,Plaut. Curc. 1, 2, 35. —Of gluttony: “si quis avidus poscit escam avariter,Plaut. Rud. 4, 7, 12; cf. avaritia, II.—
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