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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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  • It was upon this last point that I seized with most avidity.

  • At 'beautiful Vienne,' Martial boasted that his works were read with avidity.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • They will be read with avidity in the North and in the South, and throughout Europe.

  • Roderic surveyed his victim with an eye of avidity and triumph.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • Their disunion, the consequence of their avidity, saved it from ruin, but not from pillage.

  • At five years of age children will generally learn with avidity.

    The Curse of Education Harold E. Gorst
  • He seizes the project with avidity, and offers to supply me with a hammer for my work.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • Still shrinking from his nearness she had ended by listening to him with avidity.

    Chance Joseph Conrad
  • A book of thrilling interest; one that can not fail to be read with avidity.

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).

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