- eagerness; greediness.
- enthusiasm or dedication.
Origin of avidity
Examples from the Web for avidity
If his avidity was an act, Brooks should immediately move to Hollywood and collect his Academy Awards.I'm Not Country or Pop. I'm Just Pure Garth Brooks.
September 10, 2014
It was upon this last point that I seized with most avidity.The Conquest of Fear
At 'beautiful Vienne,' Martial boasted that his works were read with avidity.The Roof of France
They will be read with avidity in the North and in the South, and throughout Europe.The Works of Whittier, Volume VII (of VII)
John Greenleaf Whittier
Roderic surveyed his victim with an eye of avidity and triumph.Imogen
Their disunion, the consequence of their avidity, saved it from ruin, but not from pillage.Memoirs of the Court of St. Cloud, Complete
- the quality or state of being avid
- greed; avarice
- the strength of an acid or base in proportion to its degree of dissociation
- another term for affinity (def. 6b)
- immunol a measure of antigen-to-antibody binding, based on the rate of formation of the complex
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).