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athirst

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adjective \ə-ˈthərst\

Definition of athirst

  1. 1 archaic :  thirsty

  2. 2 :  having a strong eager desire <I that for ever feel athirst for glory — John Keats>



Examples of athirst in a sentence

  1. <was athirst for any news at all about family members serving in the war zone>



Origin of athirst

Middle English, from Old English ofthyrst, past participle of ofthyrstan to suffer from thirst, from of off, from + thyrstan to thirst — more at of


First Known Use: before 12th century

Synonym Discussion of athirst

eager, avid, keen, anxious, athirst mean moved by a strong and urgent desire or interest. eager implies ardor and enthusiasm and sometimes impatience at delay or restraint <eager to get started>. avid adds to eager the implication of insatiability or greed <avid for new thrills>. keen suggests intensity of interest and quick responsiveness in action <keen on the latest fashions>. anxious emphasizes fear of frustration or failure or disappointment <anxious not to make a social blunder>. athirst stresses yearning but not necessarily readiness for action <athirst for adventure>.

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