- intense desire; strong natural craving; appetite.
- instinctive inclination or natural tendency.
- material or chemical attraction or affinity.
Origin of appetence
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Related Words for appetencelonging, penchant, liking, urge, wish, hunger, drive, appetency, lust, yearning, thirst, appetite, craving, pining
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Historical Examples of appetence
For perception in any subject is vain, unless it can desire, and appetence is useless, unless it can move.
- a natural craving or desire
- a natural or instinctive inclination
- an attraction or affinity
Word Origin for appetence
C17: from Latin appetentia, from appetere to crave
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Word Origin and History for appetence
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