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[in-sey-shuh-buh l, -shee-uh-] /ɪnˈseɪ ʃə bəl, -ʃi ə-/
not satiable; incapable of being satisfied or appeased:
insatiable hunger for knowledge.
Origin of insatiable
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English insaciable < Latin insatiābilis; see in-3, satiable
Related forms
insatiability, insatiableness, noun
insatiably, adverb
voracious, unquenchable, bottomless. Unabridged
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  • On their return to London she threw herself as insatiably as ever into all that was going on.

    Lady Lilith

    Stephen McKenna
  • But this feverish, insatiably amorous, weak Gaga would get on her nerves.


    Frank Swinnerton
  • Voltaire's Tales were distributed over a large part of his long and insatiably busy life; but none of his best are very early.

  • She who had hungered so insatiably for recognition could be humbly thankful now for the two words that spoke of an inner bond.

  • insatiably striveth your soul for treasures and jewels, because your virtue is insatiable in desiring to bestow.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Like me, he knew nothing of the land he was going to, but he was insatiably curious, and he affected me with his interest.

    Prester John John Buchan
  • It is a curious, an insatiably curious, thing, and its literature is Newman's Bradshaw.

    From Sea to Sea Rudyard Kipling
  • He worked as insatiably as the old man, and was no more than a roadmender by the look of him.

    The Pioneers

    Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • In the ninetieth star system to be explored by the insatiably curious men of Earth, there were seven planets.

    The Giants From Outer Space Geoff St. Reynard
British Dictionary definitions for insatiably


/ɪnˈseɪʃəbəl; -ʃɪə-/
not able to be satisfied or satiated; greedy or unappeasable
Derived Forms
insatiability, insatiableness, insatiateness, noun
insatiably, insatiately, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insatiably



early 15c., insaciable, from Old French insaciable (13c.), or directly from Late Latin insatiabilis "not to be satisfied," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + satiabilis, from satiare (see satiate). Related: Insatiably.

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