voracity

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n voracity extreme gluttony
    • n voracity excessive desire to eat
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Voracity The quality of being voracious; voraciousness.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n voracity The character of being voracious; greediness of appetite; voraciousness.
    • n voracity Synonyms Avidity, ravenousness. See rapacious.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Voracity quality of being voracious
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Quotations

  • George Bernard Shaw
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    “Man is the only animal which esteems itself rich in proportion to the number and voracity of its parasites.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. voracitas,: cf. F. voracité,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. vorax, voracisvorāre, to devour.

Usage

In literature:

Against their voracity no ordinary bar is a bar at all.
"Lippincott's Magazine, Vol. 26, August, 1880" by Various
A shark may be driven off for a time by the efforts of a human enemy, but his natural voracity will soon impel him to return to the attack.
"The Tiger Hunter" by Mayne Reid
Voracity killed him, as it killed Scott's.
"The Life of Charles Dickens, Vol. I-III, Complete" by John Forster
Their ferocity and voracity are proverbial.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The very feathers in their pillows (had they had any) would have cried out against such voracity.
"Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 62, Number 385. November, 1847." by Various
He devoured them with the voracity of a wild beast.
"Crooked Trails and Straight" by William MacLeod Raine
I should say that it resembles the voracity of the caterpillar.
"The Beth Book" by Sarah Grand
He fairly overwhelmed Little Teacher by his voracity for learning and a perseverance that vanquished all obstacles.
"David Dunne" by Belle Kanaris Maniates
The grief of this separation in no way changed the prisoner's almost disease of voracity.
"Graham's Magazine Vol XXXIII No. 4 October 1848" by Various
Two cups are a limit beyond which voracity itself could not go.
"The Benefactress" by Elizabeth Beauchamp
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In poetry:

Down she dropped at his feet, all as white as a sheet,
As wildly he fled from her view;
He thought 'twas her sin,--for he knew not the pin
Had been gobbled up by the Emeu;
All through
The voracity of that Emeu!
"The Ballad Of The Emeu" by Francis Bret Harte

In news:

The only thing I didn't like about it is that when a performance takes my breath away, I cannot cheer with the voracity it deserves.
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