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the state of being edacious; voraciousness; appetite.
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Origin of edacity

1620–30; <Latin edācitās, equivalent to edāci- (stem of edāx) gluttonous, equivalent to ed-eat + -āci- adj. suffix + -tās-ty2

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What is edacity?

Edacity is the state of being edacious. Something or someone that is edacious is devouring or voracious.

When someone is showing edacity, they are craving or consuming large amounts of something. Most often, edacity is used in reference to food. For example, you might be in a state of edacity if you’ve been fasting all day. You’ll be more than hungry—you’ll be so strongly craving food that you might be eating as much as you can, as quickly as you can.

Less often, edacity is used in relation to other things you might want or consume in large amounts, such as reading or listening to music.

Example: We were all filled with edacity after that 10-mile hike with no snacks.

Where does edacity come from?

The first records of the term edacity come from around the 1620s. It ultimately comes from the Latin edāx, meaning “gluttonous.”

Edacity can be used to describe humans, animals, or if used figuratively, any force that consumes something. A fire, for example, is sometimes described as “consuming” the things it burns. You might say, then, that a wildfire was filled with edacity, consuming everything in its path.

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What are some other forms related to edacity?

  • edacious (adjective)
  • edaciously (adverb)

What are some synonyms for edacity?

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How is edacity used in real life?

Edacity is not often used. When it is, it’s most often used in relation to food and hunger.


Try using edacity!

Which of the following is NOT a synonym for edacity?

A. gluttonousness
B. voracity
C. satiated
D. ravenousness

How to use edacity in a sentence

  • Edacity, rapacity;—quite contrary to the finer sensibilities of the heart!

    The French Revolution|Thomas Carlyle