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

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 This helps children develop autonomy and learn to recognize satiety cues. Elizabeth Chang, Washington Post, 13 Sep. 2022 When eaten together, these macronutrients also help with satiety, leaving you feeling full and satisfied after your meals. Audrey Bruno, SELF, 6 Sep. 2022 The drugs mimic the effects of gut hormones, known as GLP-1s, that work to increase satiety. David Wainer, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 Amazing Grains recipe, for example, includes oats, quinoa, millet, and chia, all of which function as prebiotics for gut health—both promoting satiety and supporting a diverse gut microbiome. Outside Online, 5 July 2022 The temptations are obvious, the portions huge and the goal is satiety to point of button-popping exhaustion. Los Angeles Times, 8 July 2022 Such an evening should end on a note of satiety and joie de vivre knowing that such places not only still exist but thrive wherever people love good French fare and flair. John Mariani, Forbes, 22 June 2022 Limited research published in the journal Nutrients in 2019 found that subjects who were considered overweight or clinically obese and ate watermelon instead of low-fat cookies experienced greater satiety, as an example. Erica Sweeney, Good Housekeeping, 16 June 2022 The anti-diet movement champions intuitive eating, which lets natural hunger and satiety signals guide food intake as opposed to calorie counting and macronutrient experiments. Nick Heil, Outside Online, 26 Mar. 2020 See More

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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 4 Oct. 2022.

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

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