[dih-vou-uh r, -vou-er]
- to swallow or eat up hungrily, voraciously, or ravenously.
- to consume destructively, recklessly, or wantonly: Fire devoured the old museum.
- to engulf or swallow up.
- to take in greedily with the senses or intellect: to devour the works of Freud.
- to absorb or engross wholly: a mind devoured by fears.
Origin of devour
1275–1325; Middle English devouren < Anglo-French, Old French devourer < Latin dēvorāre to swallow down, equivalent to dē- de- + vorāre to eat up
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Examples from the Web for devourer
Bibliophage, or bibliophagist, a book-eater, or devourer of books.A Book for All Readers
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Mightily grew and flourished the Wolf that was to be the devourer of Mani, the Moon.The Children of Odin
They are sisters for him because he is neither sentimentalist nor devourer.Lord Ormont and his Aminta, Complete
This annoyed the devourer a little but did not hinder his eating.The Hero of the People
It is also called Martiora, which in the Parsian tongue, signifieth a devourer of men.Curious Creatures in Zoology
- to swallow or eat up greedily or voraciously
- to waste or destroy; consumethe flames devoured the curtains
- to consume greedily or avidly with the senses or mindhe devoured the manuscripts
- to engulf or absorbthe flood devoured the land
C14: from Old French devourer, from Latin dēvorāre to gulp down, from de- + vorāre to consume greedily; see voracious
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Word Origin and History for devourer
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