• WordNet 3.6
    • n appetite a feeling of craving something "an appetite for life","the object of life is to satisfy as many appetencies as possible"- Granville Hicks"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Appetite Any strong desire; an eagerness or longing. "It God had given to eagles an appetite to swim.""To gratify the vulgar appetite for the marvelous."
    • Appetite Desire for, or relish of, food or drink; hunger. "Men must have appetite before they will eat."
    • Appetite Tendency; appetency. "In all bodies there as an appetite of union."
    • Appetite The desire for some personal gratification, either of the body or of the mind. "The object of appetite it whatsoever sensible good may be wished for; the object of will is that good which reason does lead us to seek."
    • Appetite The thing desired. "Power being the natural appetite of princes."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n appetite An innate or acquired demand or propensity to satisfy a want; desire, especially strong desire; inclination; wish to attain some object or purpose: with for (formerly with of, to, or an infinitive) or absolutely.
    • n appetite Specifically— A desire to supply a bodily want or craving; a desire for food or drink.
    • n appetite Relish for food; the capacity of taking food with pleasure.
    • n appetite Preference; taste; liking: as, to or according to one's appetite, that is, as one pleases.
    • n appetite A thing desired.
    • n appetite A tendency of an inanimate thing analogous to a desire.
    • appetite To desire; long for; deeply want.
    • appetite To satisfy the appetite or desire of.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Appetite ap′pet-īt physical craving, accompanied with uneasy sensation (hunger, thirst, sex): natural desire: inclination: desire for food: hunger (with for)
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  • Charles Dickens
    “Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature .”
  • William Shakespeare
    “O curse of marriage that we can call these delicate creatures ours and not their appetites!”
  • John Dryden
    “Men are but children of a larger growth, Our appetites as apt to change as theirs, And full as craving too, and full as vain.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    “Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man's appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes.”
  • Eric Hoffer
    “How frighteningly few are the persons whose death would spoil our appetite and make the world seem empty.”
  • Manton
    “Desires are the pulses of the soul; as physicians judge by the appetite, so may you by desires.”


Whet your appetite - If something whets your appetite, it interests you and makes you want more of it.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. appetit, F. appétit, fr. L. appetitus, fr. appetere, to strive after, long for; ad, + petere, to seek. See Petition, and cf. Appetence
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Through Fr., from L. appetitus, appetĕre.


In literature:

For the first time in Rose's life, love had taken away her appetite.
"Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters" by May Agnes Fleming
My restless feelings are at last laid, my indefinite appetites are at length exhausted.
"The Young Duke" by Benjamin Disraeli
But there was no time now for the animals to satisfy their appetites.
"The Pony Rider Boys in Texas" by Frank Gee Patchin
We shall come back with new vigor and appetite, and soon catch up with our class.
"Two Boys in Wyoming" by Edward S. Ellis
Where the appetite is impaired, administer the following: Pulv.
"The Veterinarian" by Chas. J. Korinek
Evidently, the strength his mind and character gave him went in pandering to physical appetites.
"The Plum Tree" by David Graham Phillips
Within reason, a pregnant mother should follow her natural appetite and satisfy her dietetic longings.
"The Mother and Her Child" by William S. Sadler
No longer suffering from thirst, its kindred appetite now returned with undivided agony, and the next thought was for something to eat.
"The Castaways" by Captain Mayne Reid
We had not come without provisions, nor had the scenery taken away our appetites.
"On the Banks of the Amazon" by W.H.G. Kingston
The child loses weight, is irritable, has no appetite, and looks and acts sick.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Volume IV. (of IV.)" by Grant Hague
Appetite is a good test of the amount and also of the particular kind of food required, provided the appetite is in a healthy condition.
"Papers on Health" by John Kirk
The appetites of the doctor and purser had risen in proportion.
"Rattlin the Reefer" by Edward Howard
Do you know I do believe that poverty is doing my health good; my appetite is improving.
"The Young Trawler" by R.M. Ballantyne
A Morbid Appetite, how caused.
"A Treatise on Domestic Economy" by Catherine Esther Beecher
Lastly, all special kinds of acts belong either to the appetitive or to the cognoscitive faculties.
"On Prayer and The Contemplative Life" by St. Thomas Aquinas
The cold and bracing air during our short walks on deck had given us all famous appetites, and we relished everything.
"A Woman who went to Alaska" by May Kellogg Sullivan
The appetite was intended by Nature for this purpose, yet how few people wait upon appetite!
"No Animal Food" by Rupert H. Wheldon
I must put a bridle upon my appetite, and hold it in subjection to my Lord.
"My Daily Meditation for the Circling Year" by John Henry Jowett
The first point in connection with the examination of the organs of digestion is the appetite and the manner of taking food and drink.
"Special Report on Diseases of the Horse" by United States Department of Agriculture
My appetite, natural or acquired, has become insatiable.
"The Life of Sir James Fitzjames Stephen, Bart., K.C.S.I." by Sir Leslie Stephen

In poetry:

Only to suit the appetites
Of other wicked men,
Our race is mobb'd and lynch'd
Isn't that a sin?
"Only" by Frank Barbour Coffin
In wantonness of appetite,
In women, wine and war,
In fire and blood and rapine
In these my pleasures are.
"Mercenary's Song (AD 1600)" by General George S Patton Jnr
Eternal wisdom has prepared
A soul reviving feast,
And bids your longing appetite
The rich provision taste.
"Hymn 2" by Noah Calwell W Cannon
Eternal Wisdom has prepared
A soul-reviving feast,
And bids your longing appetites
The rich provision taste.
"Hymn 7" by Isaac Watts
He wrote a very pretty hand
And could command a school:
His appetite got the command,
And that he could not rule.
"Dear Friends And Neighbors" by David John Scott
His bark was very, very fierce,
And fierce his appetite,
Yet was it only things to eat
That he was prone to bite.
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field

In news:

America's Import Appetite Will Weigh Down This Year's Growth.
Whet your appetite at Land Trust's annual Thanksgiving Day Hike on Monte Sano.
Four Titles to Whet Your Appetite for Jewish Book Month.
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Rutgers hoping to whet fans' appetite with new caterer at High Point Solutions Stadium.
Zynga hopes to whet appetites for social games with "ChefVille".
Here are a few red carpet nibbles to whet your appetite for tonight's 84th annual Oscars telecast.
A variety of food and wine events will whet the appetite.
Comic-Con 2011, Day 2: 'Star Wars' deleted scenes whet fans' appetites for Blu-ray release.
Life's like a Picnic Buffet: Plenty of Experiences to Whet all Appetites.
An online restaurants guide based in India has an appetite for growth in the Middle East having earmarked US$2 million (Dh7.3m) to launch across the UAE.
Goats Bring Their Appetites to Boise's Quail Hollow, Briarhill Neighborhoods.

In science:

Our goal here is only to whet the reader’s appetite, to show that Kuranishi cochains are an elegant and economical setting for Lagrangian Floer cohomology, and so to justify all the effort we have put into developing Kuranishi (co)homology, and perhaps persuade the reader that it is worth taking the time to learn.
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology
Thus, I embarked on the preparation of this collection of problems, for those who wish to study mathematical physics and want to see some solved problems to whet their appetite. I hope that people who learn the sub jects treated in this collection of problems will find it useful.
A Collection of Exercises in Two-Dimensional Physics, Part 1
These results have wetted the appetite for obtaining higher quality data, and have led to a vigorous campaign of instrumental developments in high energy regimes.
Gamma-Ray Bursts: Progress, Problems & Prospects
Cosmic ray data whets our appetite for the first collider data.
top2008 Conference Summary
It was clear that there was a tremendous appetite amongst staff to learn more about Excel, and the Bank had a generous training budget.
Controlling End User Computing Applications - a case study
Nature’s appetite appears to be more voracious on grander scales, gobbling up large quantities of matter while exhibiting little sign of digestion.
Weighing Superclusters
Priya Natarajan’s results have whetted our appetite for further investigations of this sort.
Gravitational Lensing: Recent Progress and Future Goals - Conference Summary
Emotion and motivation I: defensive and appetitive reactions in picture processing.
Patterns of Emotional Blogging and Emergence of Communities: Agent-Based Model on Bipartite Networks
Whilst he may not have been quite the equal of the great astronomy author of the time, Sir Robert Ball, Gore‘s books helped to feed the insatiable public appetite that existed at the time for knowledge about developments in science.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness
Besides being of interest in themselves, these results whet the appetite for the richness of the CDF program on b physics during Run II, scheduled to start in the summer of 2000.
Two Recent Results on B Physics from CDF