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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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  • He knew it by heart already, but he read it insatiably over and over again.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • On their return to London she threw herself as insatiably as ever into all that was going on.

    Lady Lilith Stephen McKenna
  • insatiably curious, he yet contrived to drive his chimeras in double harness and safely.

    Unicorns James Huneker
  • But this feverish, insatiably amorous, weak Gaga would get on her nerves.

    Coquette Frank Swinnerton
  • In the ninetieth star system to be explored by the insatiably curious men of Earth, there were seven planets.

    The Giants From Outer Space Geoff St. Reynard
  • insatiably striveth your soul for treasures and jewels, because your virtue is insatiable in desiring to bestow.

    Thus Spake Zarathustra Friedrich Nietzsche
  • Voltaire's Tales were distributed over a large part of his long and insatiably busy life; but none of his best are very early.

  • Like me, he knew nothing of the land he was going to, but he was insatiably curious, and he affected me with his interest.

    Prester John John Buchan
  • She was an incarnate fury: never weary of inflaming his savage temper, thirsting for human blood as insatiably as her husband.

British Dictionary definitions for insatiably


/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 insatiably



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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