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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 dam straddles Oregon and Washington, and the sea lions' voracious eating there affects fish populations in both states, as well as in Idaho and elsewhere.
With a population of nearly 1.4 billion, China had a voracious appetite.
Nashville Predators fans have become some of the most voracious and informed hockey fans in the U.S.
Pat was a voracious reader, devouring everything from detective novels to biographies, and was extremely appreciative of the Windsor Public Library.
Brock said her mother was also a voracious reader, loved music and was active in her community, volunteering with the Daughters of the American Revolution and at Wauwatosa United Methodist Church.
In a world seemingly filled with giant, voracious corporations, that matters.
The most voracious readers may go home with four books, Clary said.
But as Ben Guarino reports for the Washington Post, these voracious flatworms have been stealthily making their way through France for the past two decades, evading scientists’ attention until recently.
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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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