in·​sa·​tia·​ble | \ (ˌ)in-ˈsā-shə-bəl How to pronounce insatiable (audio) \

Definition of insatiable

: incapable of being satisfied : quenchless had an insatiable desire for wealth

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Other Words from insatiable

insatiability \ (ˌ)in-​ˌsā-​shə-​ˈbi-​lə-​tē How to pronounce insatiability (audio) \ noun
insatiableness \ (ˌ)in-​ˈsā-​shə-​bəl-​nəs How to pronounce insatiableness (audio) \ noun
insatiably \ (ˌ)in-​ˈsā-​shə-​blē How to pronounce insatiably (audio) \ adverb

Examples of insatiable in a Sentence

Her desire for knowledge was insatiable. an insatiable need for the approval of others
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First Known Use of insatiable

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for insatiable

Middle English insaciable, from Anglo-French, from Latin insatiabilis, from in- + satiare to satisfy — more at satiate

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12 Jul 2020

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“Insatiable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of insatiable

: always wanting more : not able to be satisfied


in·​sa·​tia·​ble | \ in-ˈsā-shə-bəl How to pronounce insatiable (audio) \

Kids Definition of insatiable

: impossible to satisfy insatiable thirst

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