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insatiable

[in-sey-shuh-buh l, -shee-uh-] /ɪnˈseɪ ʃə bəl, -ʃi ə-/
adjective
1.
not satiable; incapable of being satisfied or appeased:
insatiable hunger for knowledge.
Origin of insatiable
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English insaciable < Latin insatiābilis; see in-3, satiable
Related forms
insatiability, insatiableness, noun
insatiably, adverb
Synonyms
voracious, unquenchable, bottomless.
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  • So the pirate-wasp sought its reward—an insane, insatiable, gluttonous satisfaction in the honey that was poison to its young.

    The Forgotten Planet Murray Leinster
  • Never again will the insatiable thirst of the fire-fiend be so pampered.

  • He was victimised often and knew it, but the knowledge never dulled the edge of an insatiable appetite.

    Corot Sidney Allnutt
  • But, what could be wanting to satisfy the insatiable cravings of this woman?

  • So insatiable a thing it is and so suggestive of mad fantasy.

    The Symposium Xenophon
British Dictionary definitions for insatiable

insatiable

/ɪnˈseɪʃəbəl; -ʃɪə-/
adjective
1.
not able to be satisfied or satiated; greedy or unappeasable
Derived Forms
insatiability, insatiableness, insatiateness, noun
insatiably, insatiately, adverb
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Word Origin and History for insatiable
adj.

early 15c., insaciable, from Old French insaciable (13c.), or directly from Late Latin insatiabilis "not to be satisfied," from in- "not, opposite of" (see in- (1)) + satiabilis, from satiare (see satiate). Related: Insatiably.

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