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Meaning of "pleonexia" in the English dictionary

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PRONUNCIATION OF PLEONEXIA

pleonexia  [ˌpliːəˈneksɪə] play
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GRAMMATICAL CATEGORY OF PLEONEXIA

noun
adjective
verb
adverb
pronoun
preposition
conjunction
determiner
exclamation
Pleonexia is a noun.
A noun is a type of word the meaning of which determines reality. Nouns provide the names for all things: people, objects, sensations, feelings, etc.

WHAT DOES PLEONEXIA MEAN IN ENGLISH?

Pleonexia

Pleonexia, sometimes called pleonexy, originating from the Greek πλεονεξια, is a philosophical concept in writings by Plato and Aristotle, employed also in the New Testament. It roughly corresponds to greed, covetousness, or avarice, and is strictly defined as "the insatiable desire to have what rightfully belongs to others", suggesting what Ritenbaugh describes as "ruthless self-seeking and an arrogant assumption that others and things exist for one's own benefit".

Definition of pleonexia in the English dictionary

The definition of pleonexia in the dictionary is excessive greed.

WORDS THAT RHYME WITH PLEONEXIA


alexia
əˈlɛksɪə
anorexia
ˌænɒˈrɛksɪə
anoxia
ænˈɒksɪə
apraxia
əˈpræksɪə
asphyxia
æsˈfɪksɪə
ataraxia
ˌætəˈræksɪə
ataxia
əˈtæksɪə
banksia
ˈbæŋksɪə
Brixia
ˈbrɪksɪə
cachexia
kəˈkɛksɪə
dyslexia
dɪsˈlɛksɪə
dyspraxia
dɪsˈpræksɪə
folksier
ˈfəʊksɪə
hyperpyrexia
ˌhaɪpəpaɪˈrɛksɪə
hypoxia
haɪˈpɒksɪə
ixia
ˈɪksɪə
orthorexia
ˈɔːθəˌrɛksɪə
pyrexia
paɪˈrɛksɪə
pyrrhuloxia
ˌpɪrəˈlɒksɪə
sexier
ˈseksɪə

WORDS THAT BEGIN LIKE PLEONEXIA

pleochroic
pleochroism
pleomorphic
pleomorphism
pleomorphous
pleomorphy
pleon
pleonal
pleonasm
pleonast
pleonaste
pleonastic
pleonastical
pleonastically
pleonectic
pleopod
plerion
plerocercoid
pleroma
pleromatic

WORDS THAT END LIKE PLEONEXIA

apyrexia
corporate anorexia
dystaxia
echopraxia
eutaxia
heterotaxia
hyperorexia
hyperprosexia
locomotor ataxia
paralexia
pyxia
wuxia

Synonyms and antonyms of pleonexia in the English dictionary of synonyms

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Translation of «pleonexia» into 25 languages

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pleonexia
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pleonexia
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Pleonexia
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pleonexia
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pleonexia
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pleonexia
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Pleonexia
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pleonexia
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pleonexia
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pleonexia
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pleonexia
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pleonexia
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pleonexia
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pleonexia
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TENDENCIES OF USE OF THE TERM «PLEONEXIA»

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FREQUENCY OF USE OF THE TERM «PLEONEXIA» OVER TIME

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Examples of use in the English literature, quotes and news about pleonexia

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10 ENGLISH BOOKS RELATING TO «PLEONEXIA»

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Greed and Injustice in Classical Athens
Attempting to distinguish pleonexia from the other vices, Curzer argues that the greedy agent wants to violate standards of distribution, rather than to get more of certain types of good. Following Hobbes to the letter, Curzer argues, "Pleonexia is ...
Ryan Krieger Balot, 2001
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Archytas of Tarentum: Pythagorean, Philosopher and ...
Some of the pseudo-Pythagorean writers use pleonexia in connection with the Platonic tripartite soul. Cleinias (Thesleff 1965: 108.12) argues that there are three causes of injustice: "love of pleasure" (91Aa8ovia), "greed" (TrAeove^ia), and ...
Carl Huffman, 2005
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Essays on Aristotle's Ethics
The broader question of what pleonexia exactly is I shall come back to at the end. (c) is one of the assumptions that I referred to earlier as needed to bring together the two questions, whether the unjust character is characterized by the motive ...
Amélie Rorty, 1980
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The Sense of the Past: Essays in the History of Philosophy
In particular, he does not necessarily display pleonexia, which, whatever else needs to be said about it, certainly involves the idea of wanting something for oneself. Not all the motives that operate against justice, and gain expression in the ...
Bernard Williams, Myles Burnyeat, 2009
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Sin, Redemption and Sacrifice. A Biblical and Patristic Study
Etymologically pleonexia means “ to wish to have always more,” and this, of course, irrespectively of the rights of others. The “ greedy ” was known to the Greek philosophers, who equate him with various types of criminals. According to Ezek ...
Stanislas Lyonnet, Léopold Sabourin, 1998
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Virtue & Affluence: The Challenge of Wealth
Pleonexia is a Greek word that can be understood as "a passion for more ... an insatiability for more of what I already experience or have. If I just had a little bit more, I would be happy." (I would be financially secure; I would not have this ...
John Haughey, 1997
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Essays on the Foundations of Aristotelian Political Science
68 There is no tolerable sense in which the judge's motive can be included within pleonexia, thinks Williams, even though his act is clearly a case of particular injustice. The solution is to realize that the injustice of a particular act does not ...
Carnes Lord, David Kevin O'Connor, Richard Bodéüs, 1991
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New Testament Words
William Barclay. 233 PLEONEXIA THE SIN OF GREED Pleonexia is a sin which the NT again and again most unsparingly condemns. The word occurs in Mark 7.22; Luke 12.15; Rom. 1.29; II Cor. 9.5; Eph. 4.19; 5.3; Col. 3.5; I Thess. 2.5; II Pet.
William Barclay, 2000
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Paideia: The Ideals of Greek Culture: III. The Conflict of ...
For the personality behind the words is what really makes a speech convincing. 133 Plato had charged rhetoric with leading its practitioners into pleonexia — selfish greed, the satisfaction of every impulse — because it was merely a means  ...
Werner Jaeger, 1986
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Plato on Justice and Power: Reading Book I of Plato's Republic
His first question to Thrasymachus attempts to extract from him the admission that if pleonexia is the motivation of the unjust as he thinks of them, the motivation of those he thinks of as just will be the opposite; that it will be 'anti- pleonectic'.
Kimon Lycos, 1987

10 NEWS ITEMS WHICH INCLUDE THE TERM «PLEONEXIA»

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Tuesday Briefing: School Board Talks Settlement of Discipline …
Flagler County's Drought Index is at 525. The weather in Lamia, Greece: high 81, low 58. Details. The OED's Word of the Day: pleonexia, n. «FlaglerLive.com, Jun 15»
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Coppell's Smrithi Upadhyayula falls in National Spelling Bee …
... after misspelling her second word in the semifinals. Smrithi first correctly spelled “pleonexia,” which is similar to greed or enviousness. «Dallas Morning News, May 15»
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Coppell girl reaches National Spelling Bee semifinals before …
On Thursday, she correctly spelled “pleonexia” (similar to greed or enviousness) before falling in the next round. Four other Texans advanced ... «Dallas Morning News, May 15»
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The case of Ander Herrera playing a more pivotal role for …
While United claimed that Pogba's exit was a result of the-then-19-year old's pleonexia, the French youngster has constantly maintained that it ... «World Soccer Talk, Feb 15»
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We keep trying to understand Putin. Why do we keep getting him …
He's also been called a narcissist, diagnosed with "pleonexia" (the insatiable desire to have what rightfully belongs to others), and simply been ... «Washington Post, Feb 15»
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From the archives: Toller Cranston, peacock with a paintbrush
"It's called pleonexia," he explains seriously. When he lived in Toronto, his house in the Cabbagetown neighbourhood was filled with a vast ... «The Globe and Mail, Jan 15»
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A bleak ode to Bangladesh's garment industry
In his works, Seabrook often uses pleonexia — the morbid desire for possession — to damningly arraign the consumerist elite in the U.S. and ... «The Hindu, Nov 14»
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Reflecting on the Attributes of God
... hairs on our head (Luke 12:7), and so we become anxious, must grasp what is ours now, and suffer from greed, what Plato called pleonexia. «Catholic Online, Sep 13»
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Superchristmas... ultimate gifts for the super-rich
The pleonexia of the plutocrats (which demands that the Ferrari has a Bugatti to keep it company in the underground garage) ensures that the ... «Evening Standard, Dec 12»
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The Price of Folly
The ancient Greek word pleonexia meant "wanting to have more of ... A prime example of pleonexia can be found in the whining attitude of ... «American Thinker, Nov 12»

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« EDUCALINGO. Pleonexia [online]. Available <https://educalingo.com/en/dic-en/pleonexia>. Sep 2019 ».
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