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 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."

Examples of voracity in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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 Viagra began to serve not just as a medicine, but also as a metaphor: for hypersexualization, for voracity, for excess. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, 27 Mar. 2018 The Cozz & Effect rapper's voracity proved to be his hallmark during his fiery freestyle. Tony Centeno, Billboard, 11 Oct. 2017 While serving as a mentor to Tee Grizzley, Lil Durk and Kodak Black, Jeezy's voracity remains lion-esque. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 13 Nov. 2017 Produced by T-Minus, Lecrae candidly speaks on his past hardships and how his voracity helped him seal his victories in life. Carl Lamarre, Billboard, 19 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of voracity

1526, in the meaning defined above

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“Voracity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voracity. Accessed 12 Jun. 2021.

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