appetence

[ ap-i-tuh ns ]
/ ˈæp ɪ təns /

noun

intense desire; strong natural craving; appetite.
instinctive inclination or natural tendency.
material or chemical attraction or affinity.

QUIZZES

DO YOU KNOW THIS VOCABULARY FROM "THE HANDMAID'S TALE"?

"The Handmaid's Tale" was required reading for many of us in school. Everyone else has probably watched the very popular and addictive TV show. Do you remember this vocabulary from the book, and do you know what these terms mean?
Question 1 of 10
decorum
Also appetency.

Origin of appetence

1600–10; appete (obsolete) to seek for, long for (< Latin appetere, equivalent to ap- ap-1 + petere to seek) + -ence; or < French appétence

OTHER WORDS FROM appetence

ap·pe·tent, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

Example sentences from the Web for appetence

British Dictionary definitions for appetence

appetence

appetency

/ (ˈæpɪtəns) /

noun plural -tences or -tencies

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012