(A*vant"-guard`) n. [F. avant before + E. guard, F. avant-garde. See Avaunt.] The van or advanced body of an army. See Vanguard.

(Av"a*rice) n. [F. avaritia, fr. avarus avaricious, prob. fr. avere to covet, fr. a root av to satiate one's self: cf. Gr. 'a`menai, 'a^sai, to satiate, Skr. av to satiate one's self, rejoice, protect.]

1. An excessive or inordinate desire of gain; greediness after wealth; covetousness; cupidity.

To desire money for its own sake, and in order to hoard it up, is avarice.

2. An inordinate desire for some supposed good.

All are taught an avarice of praise.

(Av`a*ri"cious) a. [Cf. F. avaricieux.] Actuated by avarice; greedy of gain; immoderately desirous of accumulating property.

Syn. — Greedy; stingy; rapacious; griping; sordid; close. — Avaricious, Covetous, Parsimonious, Penurious, Miserly, Niggardly. The avaricious eagerly grasp after it at the expense of others, though not of necessity with a design to save, since a man may be covetous and yet a spendthrift. The penurious, parsimonious, and miserly save money by disgraceful self- denial, and the niggardly by meanness in their dealing with others. We speak of persons as covetous in getting, avaricious in retaining, parsimonious in expending, penurious or miserly in modes of living, niggardly in dispensing.

Av`a*ri"cious*ly, adv.Av`a*ri"cious*ness, n.

(Av"a*rous) a. [L. avarus.] Avaricious. [Obs.]

(A*vast") interj. [Corrupted from D. houd vast hold fast. See Hold, v. t., and Fast, a.] (Naut.) Cease; stop; stay. "Avast heaving." Totten.

(Av`a*tar") n. [Skr. avatâra descent; ava from + root t&rsdot to cross, pass over.]

1. (Hindoo Myth.) The descent of a deity to earth, and his incarnation as a man or an animal; — chiefly associated with the incarnations of Vishnu.

2. Incarnation; manifestation as an object of worship or admiration.

(A*vaunce") v. t. & i. [See Advance.] To advance; to profit. Chaucer.

(A*vaunt") interj. [F. avant forward, fr. L. ab + ante before. Cf. Avant, Advance.] Begone; depart; — a word of contempt or abhorrence, equivalent to the phrase "Get thee gone."

(A*vaunt"), v. t. & i.

1. To advance; to move forward; to elevate. [Obs.] Spenser.

2. To depart; to move away. [Obs.] Coverdale.

(A*vaunt"), v. t. & i. [OF. avanter; à (L. ad) + vanter. See Vaunt.] To vaunt; to boast. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(A*vaunt"), n. A vaunt; to boast. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(A*vaunt"our) n. [OF. avanteur.] A boaster. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(||A"ve) n. [L., hail.]

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