in·​sa·​tia·​ble | \(ˌ)in-ˈsā-shə-bəl \

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 \ noun
insatiableness \(ˌ)in-​ˈsā-​shə-​bəl-​nəs \ noun
insatiably \(ˌ)in-​ˈsā-​shə-​blē \ 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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The appetite for prestige true crime appears to be insatiable: Margot Robbie’s transformation into Sharon Tate for her role in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood is just one movie based on the life of the late actress. Bridget Read, Vogue, "There Are 3 Upcoming Sharon Tate Films—Here’s Everything You Need to Know," 6 Aug. 2018 All of that for instant cat videos—and our desire for new cat videos is apparently insatiable, driving the need for more capacity and even more energy. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, "661Tbps through a single optical fiber: The mind boggles," 1 Aug. 2018 And there was no denying Presley had an insatiable appetite for food. Stephanie Nolasco, Fox News, "Elvis Presley's girlfriend recalls passionate love affair, singer's painful pill addiction, book claims," 28 Aug. 2018 China has a seemingly insatiable need for new aircraft, and can’t yet make them domestically. Natalie Kitroeff,, "Tariffs could make Boeing a target in a trade war," 14 Mar. 2018 The United States depends on Latin American gold to feed insatiable demand from its jewelry, bullion and electronics industries. miamiherald, "Clean," 16 Jan. 2018 More than 1,500 journalists descended on the small town, racing to feed an insatiable interest in the scrappy teammates, some of whom were stateless migrants from a lawless region of neighboring Myanmar. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 Most of Nvidia’s press conference focused on deep learning, AI, and other advances the company has been focused on recently, but nothing to feed the insatiable hunger of PC gamers for more performance. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Nvidia CEO: No next-gen GeForce GPUs for a 'long time,' but G-Sync BFGDs are coming soon," 4 June 2018 The manager was already shaping up to be English football's latest enfant terrible, a precocious talent with an insatiable hunger for success on his own terms., "Why Everton Will Be Marco Silva's Last Chance at Premier League Success After Ugly Watford Split," 17 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of insatiable

: always wanting more : not able to be satisfied


in·​sa·​tia·​ble | \in-ˈsā-shə-bəl \

Kids Definition of insatiable

: impossible to satisfy insatiable thirst

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