voracity

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noun vo·rac·i·ty \vȯ-ˈra-sə-tē, və-\

Definition of voracity

  1. :  the quality or state of being voracious

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Voracity comes to us via the Middle French voracitē from the Latin word voracitas, which itself comes from vorax, meaning "voracious," plus "-itas," the Latin equivalent of the English noun suffix -ity. "Voracity" is one of two English words that mean "the quality or state of being voracious." The other is "voraciousness," which was once considered to be archaic but has made a comeback. Because "voracity" evolved from non-English forerunners, rather than being created in English from "voracious" (as was "voraciousness"), the word may strike some English speakers as an unusual formation. It's not surprising, therefore, that the more familiar-looking "voraciousness" has reappeared - most likely through a process of reinvention by people unaware of "voracity."

First Known Use of voracity

1526

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