voracious

adjective
vo·​ra·​cious | \ vȯ-ˈrā-shəs How to pronounce voracious (audio) , və-\

Definition of voracious

1 : having a huge appetite : ravenous
2 : excessively eager : insatiable a voracious reader

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Other Words from voracious

voraciously adverb
voraciousness noun

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voracious, gluttonous, ravenous, rapacious mean excessively greedy. voracious applies especially to habitual gorging with food or drink. teenagers are often voracious eaters gluttonous applies to one who delights in eating or acquiring things especially beyond the point of necessity or satiety. an admiral who was gluttonous for glory ravenous implies excessive hunger and suggests violent or grasping methods of dealing with food or with whatever satisfies an appetite. a nation with a ravenous lust for territorial expansion rapacious often suggests excessive and utterly selfish acquisitiveness or avarice. rapacious developers indifferent to environmental concerns

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").

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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").

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

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Here’s the latest in our continuing series of chats with stage actors (with a special shout-out to my 8-year-old literary consultant, who is a voracious reader and a big fan of Junie B. Jones). Kathy Berdan, Twin Cities, "Junie B. Jones, in St. Paul for a month, talks about school, friends and lemon pie," 27 June 2019 There are perhaps few historical figures who loom as large as Henry VIII — the voracious, tyrannical King whose need for an heir led him to divorce, murder, and plunder his way through the lives of his six wives. Maureen Lee Lenker, EW.com, "The Spanish Princess creators on their ambiguous ending and how it was inspired by The Godfather," 24 June 2019 But there’s also little doubt that the same admiration that has helped to protect dolphins from humanity’s voracious appetites in some places around the world, has also ended up creating problems for the beautiful beasts. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Our love of dolphins is not always good for them," 8 June 2019 In recent years, China’s voracious appetite for vehicles has accounted for almost all of the growth in global sales. Jack Ewing, New York Times, "The Car Industry Is Under Siege," 6 June 2019 But the consumer demand for electric cars pales in comparison to the voracious appetite for GM's gas-guzzling pickups and SUVs. Jamie L. Lareau, Detroit Free Press, "GM, FCA strike a deal with Tesla that consumers subsidize," 5 June 2019 Reaching lengths of 15 feet or more, the beastly fish also have voracious appetites, devouring everything from sea turtles to rubber tires. Joel Sartore, National Geographic, "Giant tiger sharks eat backyard birds, surprising study reveals," 21 May 2019 Seabird experts wonder whether the presence of more pollock and Pacific cod, which have voracious appetites and are far more efficient hunters of forage fish than seabirds, was a factor. Dan Joling, The Seattle Times, "Pace of Bering Sea changes startles scientists," 16 Apr. 2019 By Robert Zaretsky Harvard, 258 pages, $27.95 A voracious reader on virtually any subject, Diderot was an intrepid thinker and tireless writer, a doting father, a warmhearted friend, an ardent conversationalist. Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, "‘Diderot’ Review: Wherever His Mind Led Him," 15 Feb. 2019

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First Known Use of voracious

1635, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for voracious

Latin vorac-, vorax, from vorare to devour; akin to Old English ācweorran to guzzle, Latin gurges whirlpool, Greek bibrōskein to devour

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voracious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of voracious

: having or showing a tendency to eat very large amounts of food

voracious

adjective
vo·​ra·​cious | \ vȯ-ˈrā-shəs How to pronounce voracious (audio) , və-\

Kids Definition of voracious

1 : very hungry : having a huge appetite
2 : very eager a voracious reader

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