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insatiable

[in-sey-shuh-buhl, -shee-uh-]
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adjective
  1. not satiable; incapable of being satisfied or appeased: insatiable hunger for knowledge.
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Origin of insatiable

1400–50; late Middle English insaciable < Latin insatiābilis; see in-3, satiable
Related formsin·sa·tia·bil·i·ty, in·sa·tia·ble·ness, nounin·sa·tia·bly, adverb

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Examples from the Web for insatiableness

Historical Examples of insatiableness

  • Bitterly, Marschner clenched his fist at this insatiableness.

    Men in War

    Andreas Latzko

  • Moreover, the insatiableness of our desires asserts our personal imperishableness.

    Tablets

    Amos Bronson Alcott

  • On his forehead are two horns—I think, of sea-shell—to indicate his insatiableness and instability.

  • We recognize, however, without difficulty, the peril of insatiableness and immodesty in the pleasures of Art.

    The Eagle's Nest

    John Ruskin

  • Less recognized, but therefore more perilous, the insatiableness and immodesty of Science tempt us through our very virtues.

    The Eagle's Nest

    John Ruskin


British Dictionary definitions for insatiableness

insatiable

insatiate (ɪnˈseɪʃɪɪt)

adjective
  1. not able to be satisfied or satiated; greedy or unappeasable
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Derived Formsinsatiability, insatiableness or insatiateness, nouninsatiably or insatiately, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insatiableness

insatiable

adj.

early 15c., insaciable, from Old French insaciable (13c.), or directly from Late Latin insatiabilis "not to be satisfied," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + satiabilis, from satiare (see satiate). Related: Insatiably.

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