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[ih-soo r-ee-uh nt]
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  1. hungry; greedy.
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Origin of esurient

1665–75; < Latin ēsurient- (stem of ēsuriēns, present participle of ēsurīre) hungering, equivalent to ēsur- hunger + -ent- -ent
Related formse·su·ri·ence, e·su·ri·en·cy, noune·su·ri·ent·ly, adverbnon·e·su·ri·ent, adjectivenon·e·su·ri·ent·ly, adverb
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Related Words for esurient

rapacious, selfish, hungry, impatient, eager, keen, greedy, ravenous, gluttonous, hoggish, insatiable, unappeasable, esurient, ravening, acquisitive, avaricious, avid, carnivorous, close, close-fisted

British Dictionary definitions for esurient


  1. greedy; voracious
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Derived Formsesurience or esuriency, nounesuriently, adverb

Word Origin for esurient

C17: from Latin ēsurīre to be hungry, from edere to eat
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Word Origin and History for esurient


1670s, from Latin esurientem (nominative esuriens), present participle of esurire "to be hungry," from stem of edere "to eat" (see edible). Related: Esurience; esuriency.

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