[vaw-ras-i-tee, voh-, vuh-]


the condition or quality of being voracious.

Origin of voracity

1520–30; < Latin vorācitās, equivalent to vorāc- (stem of vorāx) gluttonous + -itās -ity
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Related Words for voracity

edacity, rapacity, greed, gluttony, greediness

Examples from the Web for voracity

Historical Examples of voracity

  • This voracity must be peculiar to the inhabitants of cold countries, said Altamont.

    The Field of Ice

    Jules Verne

  • These she produced likewise; and he ate and drank with the voracity of a famished hound.

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • A candle of yellow wax illuminated this scene of voracity and revery.

  • He preys only on the smallest quadrupeds, and with all his voracity he is an arrant poltroon.

    The Bush Boys

    Captain Mayne Reid

  • Indeed, our means of taking them were as simple as their voracity was great.

    The Little Savage

    Captain Frederick Marryat

Word Origin and History for voracity

1520s, from Middle French voracité (14c.) or directly from Latin voracitatem (nominative voracitas) "greediness, ravenousness," from vorax (genitive voracis) "greedy," from vorare "to devour," from PIE root *gwer- "to swallow, devour" (cf. Sanskrit girati "he swallows," garah "drink;" Greek bora "food;" Lithuanian geriu "to drink;" Old Church Slavonic ziro "to swallow," grulo "gullet").

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper