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[uh-vid-i-tee] /əˈvɪd ɪ ti/
eagerness; greediness.
enthusiasm or dedication.
Origin of avidity
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English avidite < Middle French < Latin aviditās. See avid, -ity Unabridged
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  • I raised his head, and held the refilled water-can to his lips, when he drank with avidity.

    Mass' George George Manville Fenn
  • The chance to transfer them was at hand and he seized it with avidity.

    Ted and the Telephone Sara Ware Bassett
  • Law now brought forward his schemes for a free supply of money, and they were seized upon with avidity.

  • He drank with avidity; tried to sit up, but fell back exhausted.

    Flamsted quarries Mary E. Waller
  • The papers spoke of the new novel in high tones of praise, the public read it with avidity.

  • You may guess how eagerly I tore it open, and with what avidity I devoured its contents.

    A Bid for Fortune Guy Boothby
  • M———, a somewhat frivolous and unscrupulous beauty, who had bled his not overfilled purse with the avidity of a leech.

  • Reginald flew to get it, and the boy swallowed it with avidity.

    Reginald Cruden Talbot Baines Reed
  • I hardly need say that I loved him—I did so from my heart, and learned with avidity to please him.

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for avidity


the quality or state of being avid
  1. eagerness
  2. greed; avarice
  1. the strength of an acid or base in proportion to its degree of dissociation
  2. another term for affinity (sense 6b)
(immunol) a measure of antigen-to-antibody binding, based on the rate of formation of the complex
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Word Origin and History for avidity

mid-15c., "eagerness, zeal," from Old French avidite "avidity, greed," from Latin aviditatem (nominative aviditas) "eagerness, avidity," noun of quality from avidus (see avid).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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