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[in-sey-shuh-buh l, -shee-uh-] /ɪnˈseɪ ʃə bəl, -ʃi ə-/
not satiable; incapable of being satisfied or appeased:
insatiable hunger for knowledge.
Origin of insatiable
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English insaciable < Latin insatiābilis; see in-3, satiable
Related forms
insatiability, insatiableness, noun
insatiably, adverb
voracious, unquenchable, bottomless. Unabridged
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  • These insatiable fish will also prey upon one another.
  • It is a world driven by insatiable gadget lust and no small amount of money.
  • Addiction is an insatiable drive to use a drug because of the pleasure it affords and the side effects of craving that pleasure.
  • It is difficult to empathize if you don't understand, have insatiable needs or fear those around you.
  • He had a profound and solemn respect for writing and an almost insatiable, childlike curiosity about nearly everything.
  • Both realized they shared an insatiable desire to win and discovered they had more in common than they thought.
  • The residents in turn called it a raid on their land by insatiable city officials, and paraded a few poor old folk.
  • Unrestrained, rewarded greed is insatiable, incapable of self control.
British Dictionary definitions for insatiable


/ɪnˈseɪʃəbəl; -ʃɪə-/
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

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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