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devour

[dih-vou-uh r, -vou-er] /dɪˈvaʊ ər, -ˈvaʊ ər/
verb (used with object)
1.
to swallow or eat up hungrily, voraciously, or ravenously.
2.
to consume destructively, recklessly, or wantonly:
Fire devoured the old museum.
3.
to engulf or swallow up.
4.
to take in greedily with the senses or intellect:
to devour the works of Freud.
5.
to absorb or engross wholly:
a mind devoured by fears.
Origin of devour
1275-1325
1275-1325; Middle English devouren < Anglo-French, Old French devourer < Latin dēvorāre to swallow down, equivalent to dē- de- + vorāre to eat up
Related forms
devourer, noun
devouringly, adverb
devouringness, noun
interdevour, verb (used with object)
predevour, verb (used with object)
redevour, verb (used with object)
self-devouring, adjective
undevoured, adjective
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Examples from the Web for devourer
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  • And now I perceive that the devourer of Bliss hath taken thee in his net and multiplied thy sorrows upon thy head.

    All Men are Ghosts L. P. Jacks
  • Mightily grew and flourished the Wolf that was to be the devourer of Mani, the Moon.

    The Children of Odin Padraic Colum
  • In the Rmyaṇam it is recorded that the long-tongued witch (Drghaǵihv), the devourer, is killed by Indras.

    Zoological Mythology (Volume II) Angelo de Gubernatis
  • This annoyed the devourer a little but did not hinder his eating.

    The Hero of the People Alexandre Dumas
  • After creating things endowed with life, he created Death, the devourer.

  • It is also called Martiora, which in the Parsian tongue, signifieth a devourer of men.

  • She was the watch-dog, I was the wolf; and she was prepared to do battle to save her lambs from the devourer.

    Dorothy's Double G. A. Henty
  • Gluttony is a prodigal consumer and devourer of the creatures of God.

  • Bibliophage, or bibliophagist, a book-eater, or devourer of books.

    A Book for All Readers Ainsworth Rand Spofford
  • How the devourer would relish the pitch and resin oozing from the juicy bark!

    Unexplored! Allen Chaffee
British Dictionary definitions for devourer

devour

/dɪˈvaʊə/
verb (transitive)
1.
to swallow or eat up greedily or voraciously
2.
to waste or destroy; consume: the flames devoured the curtains
3.
to consume greedily or avidly with the senses or mind: he devoured the manuscripts
4.
to engulf or absorb: the flood devoured the land
Derived Forms
devourer, noun
devouring, adjective
devouringly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French devourer, from Latin dēvorāre to gulp down, from de- + vorāre to consume greedily; see voracious
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Word Origin and History for devourer

devour

v.

early 14c., from Old French devorer (12c.) "devour, swallow up, engulf," from Latin devorare "swallow down, accept eagerly," from de- "down" (see de-) + vorare "to swallow" (see voracity). Related: Devoured; devouring.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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