[ vaw-rey-shuhs-lee, vuh- ]


  1. in great quantities, especially excessively or gluttonously:

    Scarlet lily beetles, especially the larvae, feed voraciously on the leaves, buds, flowers, and even the stem of the lily plant.

  2. in a way that is extremely eager or avid:

    She is a scholar's scholar: she reads voraciously and broadly, reasons carefully, and always treats opposing arguments with respect.

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The entire country stayed glued to their daily newspapers, voraciously following along as secrets were spilled and the drama was splashed across the headlines.

He’s back tweeting voraciously and working out of the Oval Office.

The critics have something of a point: Israelis voraciously consume media that, for the most part, operates uninhibited.

Given this sort of language, it is not surprising that Adler watched soap operas voraciously for a period of two and a half years.

He loved or loathed immediately, and he did both as voraciously as he smoked, spoke and drank.

Throughout it all, journalists voraciously eat their own, but this time, not without reason.

He reads voraciously and scrutinizes every Gingrichian proclamation for inconsistencies.

At last, a sirloin of beef was set before him, on which his empty stomach made him feed voraciously.

He ate voraciously, and, as I stood beside him, he looked into my face at every mouthful.

They gave him some cassava bread and boiled fish, which he ate voraciously, and soon after left the hut.

I said they were of calves,—it was long of thee alone—thou didst leave none, voraciously didst devour, well didst ply thy teeth.

Myriads of worms are then seen voraciously devouring their way through the substance.