avid·​ity | \ ə-ˈvi-də-tē How to pronounce avidity (audio) , a-\
plural avidities

Definition of avidity

1 : the quality or state of being avid:
a : keen eagerness
b : consuming greed

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Examples of avidity in a Sentence

an advanced case of avidity that led to shoplifting at the tender age of 13 in her avidity to express her opinions, she frequently and unthinkingly interrupts people

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It’s near a golf course—a plus given Jake's avidity for golf. Andy Benoit, SI.com, "How an NFL Defense Is Built," 21 June 2018 What Public Enemy was able to do with their third album was create a heavy project that channeled upstanding anger and incandescent avidity. Mark Elibert, Billboard, "6 Rap Albums That Exude Black Pride: Critic's Picks," 23 Feb. 2018 Plenty of professional athletes harbor deep avidity for vino. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "For Hurricanes Goalie Cam Ward, Wine is More Than a Hobby," 20 Feb. 2018 To judge by the children's degree of avidity, spinning gourds must have been the Angry Birds of the 19th century. Mark Rozzo, Town & Country, "American Eden," 26 Nov. 2012 During the weeks before the opening, the international press gossips about the contestants with the same avidity that film critics devote to the Academy Awards. Mary Carole Mccauley, baltimoresun.com, "On a trip to Venice, art is inescapable," 8 June 2017 But instead of vindicating Mr. Rockefeller’s avidity for banking abroad, those figures underlined Chase’s lagging performance at home. Jonathan Kandell, New York Times, "David Rockefeller, Philanthropist and Head of Chase Manhattan, Dies at 101," 20 Mar. 2017

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First Known Use of avidity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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avid·​ity | \ ə-ˈvi-də-tē, a- also ā- How to pronounce avidity (audio) \

Medical Definition of avidity

: a characteristic of antibodies (such as antitoxins) that tends to enhance their rate or stability in binding with an antigen Antibody avidity is an average measure of the affinity of the antibodies for a particular antigen in a serum sample.— Dominic F. Kelly, The New England Journal of Medicine, 21 Dec. 2005

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