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 The extraordinary avidity of the people kept up the delusion; and the higher the price of Indian and Mississippi stock, the more billets de banque were issued to keep pace with it. Andrew Stuttaford, National Review, "The Capital Note: Dollars & Lumber," 1 Sep. 2020 The avidity that Ronan brings to the part is shattering. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, "Home theater: From ‘Brooklyn’ to ‘Little Women,’ settle in with Saoirse Ronan," 6 May 2020 At a time when most Democratic voters are still working through their candidate lists with the avidity of a six-year-old before Christmas, the DNC has turned otherwise serious contenders into political un-persons. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Tom Perez’s Preposterous Debate Rules," 19 Dec. 2019 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

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First Known Use of avidity

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Avidity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/avidity. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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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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