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[uh-vid-i-tee] /əˈvɪd ɪ ti/
eagerness; greediness.
enthusiasm or dedication.
Origin of avidity
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English avidite < Middle French < Latin aviditās. See avid, -ity Unabridged
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  • I raised his head, and held the refilled water-can to his lips, when he drank with avidity.

    Mass' George George Manville Fenn
  • At 'beautiful Vienne,' Martial boasted that his works were read with avidity.

    The Roof of France Matilda Betham-Edwards
  • Law now brought forward his schemes for a free supply of money, and they were seized upon with avidity.

  • Roderic surveyed his victim with an eye of avidity and triumph.

    Imogen William Godwin
  • The papers spoke of the new novel in high tones of praise, the public read it with avidity.

  • At five years of age children will generally learn with avidity.

    The Curse of Education Harold E. Gorst
  • M———, a somewhat frivolous and unscrupulous beauty, who had bled his not overfilled purse with the avidity of a leech.

  • He seizes the project with avidity, and offers to supply me with a hammer for my work.

    Lord Kilgobbin Charles Lever
  • I hardly need say that I loved him—I did so from my heart, and learned with avidity to please him.

    Jacob Faithful Captain Frederick Marryat
British Dictionary definitions for avidity


the quality or state of being avid
  1. eagerness
  2. greed; avarice
  1. the strength of an acid or base in proportion to its degree of dissociation
  2. another term for affinity (sense 6b)
(immunol) a measure of antigen-to-antibody binding, based on the rate of formation of the complex
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Word Origin and History for avidity

mid-15c., "eagerness, zeal," from Old French avidite "avidity, greed," from Latin aviditatem (nominative aviditas) "eagerness, avidity," noun of quality from avidus (see avid).

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