[in-sey-shuh-buhl, -shee-uh-]


not satiable; incapable of being satisfied or appeased: insatiable hunger for knowledge.

Nearby words

  1. insanely,
  2. insanitary,
  3. insanitation,
  4. insanity,
  5. insatiability,
  6. insatiate,
  7. inscape,
  8. inscribe,
  9. inscription,
  10. inscriptive

Origin of insatiable

1400–50; late Middle English insaciable < Latin insatiābilis; see in-3, satiable

SYNONYMS FOR insatiable
Related formsin·sa·tia·bil·i·ty, in·sa·tia·ble·ness, nounin·sa·tia·bly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for insatiably


insatiate (ɪnˈseɪʃɪɪt)


not able to be satisfied or satiated; greedy or unappeasable
Derived Formsinsatiability, insatiableness or insatiateness, nouninsatiably or insatiately, adverb

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Word Origin and History for insatiably



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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