[vaw-rey-shuh s, voh-, vuh-]
- craving or consuming large quantities of food: a voracious appetite.
- exceedingly eager or avid: voracious readers; a voracious collector.
Origin of voracious
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1. See ravenous. 2. rapacious, insatiable.
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Examples from the Web for voraciously
The critics have something of a point: Israelis voraciously consume media that, for the most part, operates uninhibited.Is The Israeli Press Only "Partly Free"?
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He loved or loathed immediately, and he did both as voraciously as he smoked, spoke and drank.Christopher Hitchens Dies: His Best Writing, Photos, and More
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Over about 10 years, Mozart voraciously incorporated different styles and motifs and developed his own voice.The Myth of Innate Genius
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At that period of his life a man becomes too voraciously constant.The Short Works of George Meredith
It was a party that had never fed; and it was voraciously hungry.The Life Of Abraham Lincoln
Ward H. Lamon
In its youth the Parmesan is very soft and easy, and is voraciously devoured.First and Last
Voraciously I watched her smooth face as she untied the thread.Memoirs of a Midget
Walter de la Mare
She read rapidly, and, as clever children often do, voraciously.Harriet Martineau
Florence Fenwick Miller
- devouring or craving food in great quantities
- very eager or unremitting in some activityvoracious reading
C17: from Latin vorāx swallowing greedily, from vorāre to devour
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Word Origin and History for voraciously
1630s, formed as an adjectival form of voracity. Related: Voraciously.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper