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 Viagra began to serve not just as a medicine, but also as a metaphor: for hypersexualization, for voracity, for excess. Megan Garber, The Atlantic, "Jagged Little (Blue) Pill," 27 Mar. 2018 The Cozz & Effect rapper's voracity proved to be his hallmark during his fiery freestyle. Tony Centeno, Billboard, "The Best Cyphers From the 2017 BET Hip-Hop Awards Ranked," 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, "Jeezy On Mentoring Kodak Black, Becoming a Savvy Businessman & Legacy: 'I Wanna Be Known as the World's Greatest Hustler'," 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, "Lecrae Is Not Worried About Being 'Broke' Anymore: Listen," 19 Sep. 2017 In the end, spiders’ voracity actually works out to mankind’s benefit. The Washington Post, The Denver Post, "Study: Spiders theoretically could eat every human on Earth in one year," 29 Mar. 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 5 Aug. 2020.

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