vo·​rac·​i·​ty vȯ-ˈra-sə-tē How to pronounce voracity (audio)
: the quality or state of being voracious

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The insatiable word nerds among us will appreciate voracity, a word used to refer to both literal and figurative appetites that simply cannot be quelled. Voracity comes to us (via Middle French) from the Latin word voracitas, which itself comes from the combining of vorax, meaning “voracious,” with -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 archaic but has made a comeback. Because voracity developed 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 While the public’s voracity for opinion polls has diminished greatly after the elections handed Javier Milei the Presidency, figures have slowly been making their way into the public realm. Agustino Fontevecchia, Forbes, 30 Mar. 2024 The voracity of everyday life flattens the human landscape and makes people into roles, stripping them of their inner characteristics and personal stories and, therefore, their importance. Callum McLennan, Variety, 24 Jan. 2024 For a long time, Daina was also right about voracity. Andrew Van Dam, Washington Post, 22 Dec. 2023 One expression that has emerged as an early fan favorite is his pamburguesa ($16), a convergence of a pambazo sandwich — dipped in red pepper sauce with all the voracity of a Chicago-style Italian beef — and a hamburguesa smashed cheeseburger, with spiced fries on the side. Louisa Chu, chicagotribune.com, 8 Feb. 2022 Despite the voracity of this year’s fires, Cal Fire’s Porter said firefighters have saved several communities from the flames — South Lake Tahoe, Meyers, Pollock Pines, Sly Park, Hayfork, Willits, Chester, west Lake Almanor, Westwood, Susanville and Janesville. Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Sep. 2021 And nowhere is the Beatles’ voracity to know more visible than on Revolver. Kory Grow, Rolling Stone, 25 Oct. 2022 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

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Word History

First Known Use

1526, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of voracity was in 1526


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“Voracity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/voracity. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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