in·​sa·​tia·​ble (ˌ)in-ˈsā-shə-bəl How to pronounce insatiable (audio)
: incapable of being satisfied : quenchless
had an insatiable desire for wealth
insatiableness noun
insatiably 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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Word History


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

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of insatiable was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Insatiable.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Dec. 2023.

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in·​sa·​tia·​ble (ˈ)in-ˈsā-shə-bəl How to pronounce insatiable (audio)
: impossible to satisfy
insatiable thirst
an insatiable desire for knowledge
insatiably adverb

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