Word of the Day : June 21, 2018

voracity

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noun vuh-RASS-uh-tee

Definition

: the quality or state of being ravenous or insatiable

Did You Know?

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

Elena reads books with such voracity that she returns to the library two or three times a week.

"In the end, spiders' voracity actually works out to mankind's benefit. Since they primarily feast on bugs, their hunger means fewer pests in the garden, fewer mosquitoes in the yard, and fewer flies in the house." — Christopher Ingraham, The Washington Post, 28 Mar. 2017



Test Your Vocabulary

Unscramble the letters to create an adjective meaning "voracious": CUDSEAIO.

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