avid·​i·​ty | \ 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
Recent Examples on the Web To the role of Bonnie Parker, Dunaway brought the combination of avidity, glamour, and sheer presence that would become her trademarks. Don Aucoin, BostonGlobe.com, "For Faye Dunaway, a return to Boston — and her roots on the stage," 13 June 2019 Rory’s mouth was shiny with grease and Eustace had his face down almost on the plate, the pair savaging at their food with the shameless avidity of children. Colin Barrett, Harper's magazine, "The Alps," 22 July 2019 All the characteristic Winogrand elements are to be found: energy, surprise, voraciousness, avidity, dauntlessness, wit, alertness, muscularity, gusto, slyness, insolence, stunned wonder (that especially). Mark Feeney, BostonGlobe.com, "Garry Winogrand, that master of black-and-white, was a master of color, too," 20 June 2019 The avidity with which consumers snatched up even poor-quality CD reissues was a revelation: proof that catalogs could be cash cows. New York Times, "The Day the Music Burned," 11 June 2019 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

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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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