rave nous

ravenous

[rav-uh-nuhs]
adjective
1.
extremely hungry; famished; voracious: feeling ravenous after a hard day's work.
2.
extremely rapacious: a ravenous jungle beast.
3.
intensely eager for gratification or satisfaction.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Old French ravineus, equivalent to ravin(er) to raven2 + -eus -ous

ravenously, adverb
ravenousness, noun

ravenous, ravaging, ravishing (see synonym study at the current entry).


1. greedy, starved, devouring. Ravenous, ravening, voracious suggest a greediness for food and usually intense hunger. Ravenous implies extreme hunger, or a famished condition: ravenous wild beasts. Ravening adds the idea of fierceness and savagery, especially as shown in a violent manner of acquiring food: ravening wolves. Voracious implies craving or eating a great deal of food: a voracious child; a voracious appetite. It may also be used figuratively: a voracious reader. 2. predatory.


1. sated.
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ravenous (ˈrævənəs)
 
adj
1.  famished; starving
2.  rapacious; voracious
 
[C16: from Old French ravineux, from Latin rapīna plunder, from rapere to seize]
 
'ravenously
 
adv
 
'ravenousness
 
n

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ravenous
1412, "obsessed with plundering, extremely greedy," from O.Fr. ravinos "rapacious, violent," from raviner "to seize," from ravine "violent rush, robbery" (see ravine). Meaning "voracious, very hungry" is from c.1430.
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