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Examples of voracious in a Sentence
He has a voracious appetite.
it seemed like the voracious kitten was eating her weight in food every day
Recent Examples of voracious from the Web
The moves represent quick returns to the fundraising market for the firms and underscore their voracious appetites for deals.
Capela’s appetite for improvement has been voracious with an ability to learn quickly, something former Houston head coach Kevin McHale cited by the end of Capela’s rookie season.
Poachers have been voracious, routinely digging up 1,000 plants at a time.
Ayers was also intellectually voracious, researching everything from particle physics to astronomy and the origins of human consciousness.
Emery is a voracious reader who comes by her love for books naturally.
Included in the online auction is a host of 17th-and-18th-century Japanese pottery—Peggy and David were voracious collectors—English and American furniture, and silverware.
Anglers, however, have increasingly complained that the voracious fish are taking over reefs and gobbling up their catches.
But the voracious electricity demand of Iceland’s proliferating data centers is testing the island nation’s environmental ethos.
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Veracious or voracious?
Take care to distinguish between the near-homophones veracious and voracious, whose similarities in sound mask utterly different meanings. Veracious (“honest, truthful”), like its cousins veritable, verify, and very, concerns that which is true. Voracious (”having a greedy or insatiable appetite”), on the other hand, describes the urge to consume large quantities of something, often food, books, or ideas. One way to remember the difference is that the one with the E as its second letter means "truE," and the one with the O as its second letter means "ravenOus." Not coincidentally, these adjectives have near-homophonous noun derivatives: veracity ("truthfulness") and voracity ("the quality or state of being voracious").
Did You Know?
Voracious is one of several English words that derive from the Latin verb vorare, which means "to eat greedily" or "to devour." "Vorare" is also an ancestor of "devour" and of the "-ivorous" words, which describe the diets of various animals. These include "carnivorous" ("meat-eating"), "herbivorous" ("plant-eating"), "omnivorous" ("feeding on both animals and plants"), "frugivorous" ("fruit-eating"), "graminivorous" ("feeding on grass"), and "piscivorous" ("fish-eating").
agog, antsy, anxious, ardent, athirst, avid, crazy, desirous, eager, enthused, enthusiastic, excited, great, greedy, gung ho, hot, hungry, impatient, keen, nuts, pumped, raring, solicitous, thirsty, wild;
champing at the bit, chomping at the bit;
Synonym Discussion of voracious
- teenagers are often voracious eaters
- an admiral who was gluttonous for glory
- a nation with a ravenous lust for territorial expansion
- rapacious developers indifferent to environmental concerns
VORACIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of voracious for English Language Learners
: having or showing a tendency to eat very large amounts of food
VORACIOUS Defined for Kids
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