sa·​ti·​ety | \ sə-ˈtī-ə-tē How to pronounce satiety (audio) also ˈsā-sh(ē-)ə- How to pronounce satiety (audio) \

Definition of satiety

1 : the quality or state of being fed or gratified to or beyond capacity : surfeit, fullness
2 : the revulsion or disgust caused by overindulgence or excess

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Is This History of satiety Enough?

You may have guessed that "satiety" is related to "satisfy," "satiate" (meaning "to satisfy fully or to excess"), or "sate" (which means "to glut" or "to satisfy to the full"). If so, you guessed right. "Satiety," along with the others, ultimately comes from the Latin word satis, which means "enough." English speakers apparently couldn’t get enough of "satis-" derived words in the 15th and 16th centuries, which is when all of these words entered the language. "Satiety" itself was borrowed into English in 1541 from the Middle French word satieté of the same meaning.

Examples of satiety in a Sentence

eating beyond the point of satiety
Recent Examples on the Web Protein shakes are quick sources of protein and help with satiety. oregonlive, "What did the pandemic teach about stocking up for an emergency? Plenty," 1 June 2020 Proper hydration plays a vital role in overall wellness by optimizing immune function, maintaining proper mucus production, liver and kidney function and also provides dietary satiety. Kimberly Wilson, Essence, "How Staying Hydrated Can Help Support Your Immune System," 30 May 2020 Seeking satiety, comfort, and numbness felt somehow morally wrong. Emily Flake, The New Yorker, "My Stupid Quarantine Body," 23 May 2020 When family meals are based on trust, children will listen to their own internal drives for hunger and satiety and learn to eat a wide variety of foods. Virginia Sole-smith, New York Times, "Is Mealtime Miserable? Try This," 17 Apr. 2020 When combined, these nutrients contribute to feelings of satiety. Kavita Daswani, Los Angeles Times, "20 easy ways to manage stress eating during quarantine," 3 Apr. 2020 Salads offer similar satiety benefits and are loaded with beneficial plant nutrients. Lisa Drayer, CNN, "12 small resolutions to clean up your diet in 2020," 19 Dec. 2019 Hedonic eating involves the reward circuitry in your brain, and deliciousness takes satiety to the cleaners. Tamar Haspel, Washington Post, "Why you should be skeptical about diets tailored for your DNA," 21 Oct. 2019 This, too, might encourage rapid consumption that bypasses satiety mechanisms. Ellen Ruppel Shell, Scientific American, "A New Theory of Obesity," 25 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of satiety

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for satiety

Middle French satieté, from Latin satietat-, satietas, from satis

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“Satiety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of satiety

technical : a feeling or condition of being full after eating food


sa·​ti·​ety | \ sə-ˈtī-ət-ē also ˈsā-sh(ē-)ət- \
plural satieties

Medical Definition of satiety

: the quality or state of being fed or gratified to or beyond capacity

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