devour

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v devour eat greedily "he devoured three sandwiches"
    • v devour eat immoderately "Some people can down a pound of meat in the course of one meal"
    • v devour destroy completely "Fire had devoured our home"
    • v devour enjoy avidly "She devoured his novels"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Potato chips are American's favorite snack food. They are devoured at a rate of 1.2 billion pounds a year.
    • Devour To eat up with greediness; to consume ravenously; to feast upon like a wild beast or a glutton; to prey upon. "Some evil beast hath devoured him."
    • Devour To enjoy with avidity; to appropriate or take in eagerly by the senses. "Longing they look, and gaping at the sight, Devour her o'er with vast delight."
    • Devour To seize upon and destroy or appropriate greedily, selfishly, or wantonly; to consume; to swallow up; to use up; to waste; to annihilate. "Famine and pestilence shall devour him.""I waste my life and do my days devour ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Sometime around 1325, the Aztecs were looking for a place to build their capital. A priest had interpreted an omen to mean the site should be where the found an eagle, perched on a cactus, devouring a snake. And that's why they chose what is now Mexico City; they found the eagle eating a snake while resting on a cactus. The scene is depicted on the Mexican flag.
    • devour To eat up entirely; eat ravenously; consume as food.
    • devour To consume destructively, recklessly, or wantonly; make away with; destroy; waste.
    • devour To swallow up, literally or figuratively; draw into conjunction or possession; absorb; engorge; take in: as, to devour a book; the usurers have devoured his estate.
    • devour To gaze at absorbingly; look upon with avidity; view with delight.
    • devour To give delight to; charm; enchant.
    • devour Synonyms Consume, etc. See eat.
    • devour To consume.
    • n devour See dever.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: After mating, the female black widow spider turns on her partner and devours him. The female may dispatch as many as twenty-five suitors a day in this manner.
    • v.t Devour de-vowr′ to swallow greedily: to eat up: to consume or waste with violence or wantonness: to destroy: to gaze intently on
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Quotations

  • Charles Baudelaire
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    “A frenzied passion for art is a canker that devours everything else.”
  • Fyodor Dostoevsky
    Fyodor%20Dostoevsky
    “It is not possible to eat me without insisting that I sing praises of my devourer?”
  • Thomas Jefferson
    Thomas%20Jefferson
    “Experience demands that man is the only animal which devours his own kind, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor.”
  • William Cowper
    William%20Cowper
    “Visitors are insatiable devourers of time, and fit only for those who, if they did not visit, would do nothing.”
  • Frantz Fanon
    Frantz Fanon
    “There is a point at which methods devour themselves.”
  • Honore De Balzac
    Honore%20De%20Balzac
    “Finance, like time, devours its own children.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. dévorer, fr. L. devorare,; de, + vorare, to eat greedily, swallow up. See Voracious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. devorer—L. devorārede, inten., and vorāre, to swallow. See Voracious.

Usage

In literature:

Every ninth year the fourteen unfortunate youths and maidens had to be sent from Athens to be devoured by this insatiate beast.
"Historic Tales, vol 10 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
It devours whole quantities of cray-fish, until its stomach becomes crammed to such a degree as to distort the shape of its whole body.
"Popular Adventure Tales" by Mayne Reid
He advances eagerly, grasps her hands, and devours her with his eyes.
"When the Birds Begin to Sing" by Winifred Graham
And as he sowed, some fell by the way-side, and the birds came and devoured them.
"The New Testament of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ." by Various
Too steep a price by far to pay, to save one wretched little black imp from being devoured by a crocodile, he told himself.
"The Sign of the Spider" by Bertram Mitford
On reaching the cell, it devours the Bee's egg; and its part is played.
"The Glow-Worm and Other Beetles" by Jean Henri Fabre
In her mouth she held the body of a Prairie Chicken, pretty well plucked and partly devoured.
"Wild Animals at Home" by Ernest Thompson Seton
A terrible thirst devoured him.
"Wood Rangers" by Mayne Reid
She devoured him with her eyes.
"The Cryptogram" by James De Mille
Scipio looked at Daoud with an almost human look of surprise, then bent to devour the meat.
"The Saracen: Land of the Infidel" by Robert Shea
Redbird's eyes devoured Owl Carver's face, trying to read in it whether Gray Cloud was alive or dead.
"Shaman" by Robert Shea
The car sped on its way, devouring the miles fleetly.
"A Nest of Spies" by Pierre Souvestre
The truth of Moses devoured the falsehood of these impostors.
"The Phantom World" by Augustin Calmet
I sat by and watched the fire as it hungrily devoured each record of my foolish day-dreams.
"The Golden Woman" by Ridgwell Cullum
The man's smile was something ironical, as his eyes greedily devoured the beauty of her figure.
"The Twins of Suffering Creek" by Ridgwell Cullum
The sick man devoured his uncouth food with great relish.
"The Hound From The North" by Ridgwell Cullum
In time of war they follow armies, to attack stragglers and to devour the dead.
"The Industries of Animals" by Frédéric Houssay
They had amused themselves by devouring my servant!
"A Romance of the West Indies" by Eugène Sue
He conjectured that the rats had devoured it in the night.
"The Romance of Natural History, Second Series" by Philip Henry Gosse
Convulsed with life, thy tireless form devours the heights of heaven!
"The Goddess of Atvatabar" by William R. Bradshaw
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In poetry:

Who to virtue's king and law,
Would not every drunkard draw?
And from sin's devouring maw
Set them nobly free!
"Address To Washingtonians" by John Pierpont
Thrones, Dominions, Virtues, Powers,
Fall from Their Mystic Tree,
And sacrilegious Time devours
Each Principality.
"Dominions Of The Boundary" by Bernard O Dowd
Prince I know all things
I know the rosy-cheeked and the pale
I know death who devours all
I know everything but myself.
"Ballade" by Francoise Villon
Now Ben he loved a pretty maid, —
Her name was Nelly Gray;
So he went to pay her his devours,
When he devoured his pay.
"Faithless Nelly Gray" by Thomas Hood
Are sinners now so senseless grown
That they the saints devour?
And never worship at thy throne,
Nor fear thine awful power?
"Psalm 14 part 2" by Isaac Watts
"But who's this hairy youth?" she said;
"He much resembles thee;
The bear devour'd my younger son,
Or sure that son were he."
"Valentine and Ursine" by Anonymous British

In news:

After devouring several thousand books there, the man who was cast as the ringleader of the West Memphis Three is out to tell his story.
NPR interns devoured by music-site trolls.
Inferno devoured hundreds of homes.
Every enemy killed, heart devoured and enemy urinated on gives you " dark essence" which can be used to purchase new abilities at "talent shrines".
Dogs dig in to devour Canal Fulton.
Many of us spend days preparing a meal that can be devoured in less than 30 minutes.
It was recently discovered in the location of a devoured lake.
CNYCentral is reporting that sources have confirmed to them that the body of New Haven resident Harold Curran had been partially devoured by his two dogs last August.
This brain-bending SF epic is the type of book that once devoured, demands to be passed on to another unsuspecting reader with a meaningful look and a wistful sigh.
The big-city sports columnist: devoured by TV, negated by the Net.
A devouring sea has frayed the front lines of this old beach resort.
A reputation as a devourer of food sometimes has advantages.
A sun-like star has kept up a youthful appearance by devouring its smaller neighbors.
Greedily plotting to devour your free time .
A large, red snake was mating with another red snake when it began to fight with and eventually devour a green snake.
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In science:

Thus, a black hole has no structure! It is just pure gravitation devouring anything around, with a special point where all the stuff ends up, and a geometrical (not real) surface acting like a one-way membrane hiding this special singular point from view of external observers.
Black hole entropy: classical and quantum aspects
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