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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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Examples from the Web for insatiableness
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  • Bitterly, Marschner clenched his fist at this insatiableness.

    Men in War Andreas Latzko
  • Moreover, the insatiableness of our desires asserts our personal imperishableness.

    Tablets Amos Bronson Alcott
  • On his forehead are two horns—I think, of sea-shell—to indicate his insatiableness and instability.

  • We recognize, however, without difficulty, the peril of insatiableness and immodesty in the pleasures of Art.

    The Eagle's Nest John Ruskin
  • Less recognized, but therefore more perilous, the insatiableness and immodesty of Science tempt us through our very virtues.

    The Eagle's Nest John Ruskin
British Dictionary definitions for insatiableness


/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 insatiableness



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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