sa·​ti·​ety sə-ˈtī-ə-tē How to pronounce satiety (audio)
ˈsā-sh(ē-)ə- How to pronounce satiety (audio)
: the quality or state of being fed or gratified to or beyond capacity : surfeit, fullness
: the revulsion or disgust caused by overindulgence or excess

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Is This History of satiety Enough?

You may have accurately guessed that satiety is related to satisfy, satiate (meaning "to satisfy fully or to excess"), and sate (which means "to glut" or "to satisfy to the full"). 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, when all of these words entered the language. Satiety itself was borrowed into English in the mid-1500s 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 But there are also receptors for the GLP-1 hormone in the brain, heart, and other parts of the body, meaning that GLP-1 and its artificial counterpart also trick the mind, triggering a feeling of satiety. Sean Mowbray, Discover Magazine, 7 May 2024 Both affect appetite and satiety, and both can have remarkable effects on body weight and composition. Gary Taubes, The Atlantic, 15 Apr. 2024 What’s more, the lower fiber content decreases satiety and contributes to the secretion of hormones that trigger hunger. Julie Chapon, Fortune Europe, 5 Mar. 2024 The active ingredient in these medications is semaglutide, which works in the brain to impact satiety. Cara Lynn Shultz, Peoplemag, 22 Mar. 2024 Combining complex carbohydrates with protein and fat is the best recipe for satiety and success, experts previously told USA TODAY. Clare Mulroy, USA TODAY, 18 Feb. 2024 Come morning, the scent is potent, yet also somehow gentle—kind of like a hug, if hugs were made of air and anticipation and the solid assurance of satiety. Benjamin Dubow, Longreads, 20 Feb. 2024 The company, founded in 2015, is developing oral treatments designed to stimulate bodily hormones tied to satiety, working upstream of GLP-1 drugs like Wegovy. Damian Garde, STAT, 25 Jan. 2024 Protein powder can be easily added to a morning smoothie to boost satiety or to a pancake mix for a protein boost. Isabel Vasquez Rd Ldn, Health, 28 Aug. 2023

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Word History


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

First Known Use

1528, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of satiety was in 1528


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“Satiety.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


sa·​ti·​ety sə-ˈtī-ət-ē How to pronounce satiety (audio)
: the quality or state of being fed or gratified to or beyond fullness

Medical Definition


sə-ˈtī-ət-ē also ˈsā-sh(ē-)ət-
plural satieties
: the quality or state of being fed or gratified to or beyond capacity

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