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


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

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

Synonyms for insatiable Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for insatiably

Contemporary Examples of insatiably

  • Chairman Rupert Murdoch is a brave new frontier for the insatiably expansionist Murdoch.

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    Murdoch's Italian Offensive

    Conrad Black

    June 10, 2009

Historical Examples of insatiably

  • On their return to London she threw herself as insatiably as ever into all that was going on.

    Lady Lilith

    Stephen McKenna

  • But this feverish, insatiably amorous, weak Gaga would get on her nerves.


    Frank Swinnerton

  • Voltaire's Tales were distributed over a large part of his long and insatiably busy life; but none of his best are very early.

  • She who had hungered so insatiably for recognition could be humbly thankful now for the two words that spoke of an inner bond.

  • Insatiably striveth your soul for treasures and jewels, because your virtue is insatiable in desiring to bestow.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra

    Friedrich Nietzsche

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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