esurient

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj esurient devouring or craving food in great quantities "edacious vultures","a rapacious appetite","ravenous as wolves","voracious sharks"
    • adj esurient (often followed by `for') ardently or excessively desirous "avid for adventure","an avid ambition to succeed","fierce devouring affection","the esurient eyes of an avid curiosity","greedy for fame"
    • adj esurient extremely hungry "they were tired and famished for food and sleep","a ravenous boy","the family was starved and ragged","fell into the esurient embrance of a predatory enemy"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Esurient Inclined to eat; hungry; voracious. "Poor, but esurient ."
    • n Esurient One who is hungry or greedy. "An insatiable esurient after riches."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • esurient Inclined to eat; hungry.
    • n esurient One who is hungry or greedy.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Esurient es-ū′ri-ent hungry: penurious
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. esuriens, p. pr. of ensurire, fr. edere, to eat
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. esuriens, -entis, pr.p. of esurīre, to be hungry—edĕre, to eat.

Usage

In literature:

Now we are come to these esurial idle days.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Complete." by Francois Rabelais
He heard tales of esuriency and avarice, and the persecution of the dancing-girl and the piper.
"The Untilled Field" by George Moore
Now we are come to these esurial idle days.
"Gargantua and Pantagruel, Book V." by Francois Rabelais
Esuries satiata, satietas esuriens.
"The Heroic Enthusiast, Part II (Gli Eroici Furori)" by Giordano Bruno
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