adjective Etymology: Latin vorac-, vorax, from vorare to devour; akin to Old English ācweorran to guzzle, Latin gurges whirlpool, Greek bibrōskein to devour Date: 1635 1. having a huge appetite ; ravenous 2. excessively eager ; insatiable <
a voracious reader
voraciously adverbvoraciousness noun Synonyms: voracious, gluttonous, ravenous, rapacious mean excessively greedy. voracious applies especially to habitual gorging with food or drink <
teenagers are often voracious eaters
. gluttonous applies to one who delights in eating or acquiring things especially beyond the point of necessity or satiety <
an admiral who was gluttonous for glory
. ravenous implies excessive hunger and suggests violent or grasping methods of dealing with food or with whatever satisfies an appetite <
a nation with a ravenous lust for territorial expansion
. rapacious often suggests excessive and utterly selfish acquisitiveness or avarice <
rapacious developers indifferent to environmental concerns

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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