voracity

noun
vo·​rac·​i·​ty | \ vȯ-ˈra-sə-tē How to pronounce voracity (audio) , və- \

Definition of voracity

: the quality or state of being voracious

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Voracity comes to us (via Middle French voracité) 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 unfamiliar with voracity.

Examples of voracity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Dawson, who had not seen the report when she was interviewed, was struck by the voracity of Depp's online supporters. Graham Kates, CBS News, 18 July 2022 Contenders may view visits to the Coliseum this season with voracity. Matt Kawahara, San Francisco Chronicle, 5 July 2022 James Randi, a magician who later challenged spoon benders, mind readers, and faith healers with such voracity that he became regarded as the country’s foremost skeptic, died at 92. BostonGlobe.com, 20 Oct. 2021 Wildfires also emerged at tough-to-control voracity and speed, ravaging hundreds of thousands of acres across southern Europe and the U.S. Pacific Northwest. Forbes, 27 Sep. 2021 China’s voracity worsened a natural-gas shortage in January in Japan—which China last year outstripped as the world’s largest LNG importer—that put parts of Japan at risk of blackouts. Chieko Tsuneoka, WSJ, 5 Mar. 2021 If life imitates art, then Wikipedia pursues life with unflagging voracity. Shaan Sachdev, The New Republic, 26 Feb. 2021 James Randi, a magician who later challenged spoon benders, mind readers and faith healers with such voracity that he became regarded as the country’s foremost skeptic, has died, his foundation announced. NBC News, 22 Oct. 2020 James Randi, a magician who later challenged spoon benders, mind readers and faith healers with such voracity that he became regarded as the country's foremost skeptic, has died, his foundation announced. Matt Sedensky, Star Tribune, 21 Oct. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of voracity

1526, in the meaning defined above

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29 Jul 2022

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“Voracity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voracity. Accessed 15 Aug. 2022.

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