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voracity

[vaw-ras-i-tee, voh-, vuh-] /vɔˈræs ɪ ti, voʊ-, və-/
noun
1.
the condition or quality of being voracious.
Origin of voracity
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin vorācitās, equivalent to vorāc- (stem of vorāx) gluttonous + -itās -ity
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  • This voracity must be peculiar to the inhabitants of cold countries, said Altamont.

    The Field of Ice Jules Verne
  • These she produced likewise; and he ate and drank with the voracity of a famished hound.

    Barnaby Rudge Charles Dickens
  • A candle of yellow wax illuminated this scene of voracity and revery.

    Notre-Dame de Paris Victor Hugo
  • He preys only on the smallest quadrupeds, and with all his voracity he is an arrant poltroon.

    The Bush Boys Captain Mayne Reid
  • Indeed, our means of taking them were as simple as their voracity was great.

    The Little Savage Captain Frederick Marryat
  • With some of them this voracity went so far that we had to chain them.

  • Their ferocity, as well as their voracity, surpasses anything that can be imagined.

  • Its boldness and voracity, and craving for blood, are more remarkable than its size.

    The Ocean World: Louis Figuier
  • Numerous accounts have been given of the voracity of the pike.

    Dog Breaking William Nelson Hutchinson
  • Their voracity is useful for the preservation of the social organism.

Word Origin and History for voracity
n.

1520s, from Middle French voracité (14c.) or directly from Latin voracitatem (nominative voracitas) "greediness, ravenousness," from vorax (genitive voracis) "greedy," from vorare "to devour," from PIE root *gwer- "to swallow, devour" (cf. Sanskrit girati "he swallows," garah "drink;" Greek bora "food;" Lithuanian geriu "to drink;" Old Church Slavonic ziro "to swallow," grulo "gullet").

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