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ravenous

[rav-uh-nuh s] /ˈræv ə nəs/
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
1350-1400; Middle English < Old French ravineus, equivalent to ravin(er) to raven2 + -eus -ous
Related forms
ravenously, adverb
ravenousness, noun
Can be confused
ravenous, ravaging, ravishing (see synonym study at the current entry)
Synonyms
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.
Antonyms
1. sated.
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British Dictionary definitions for ravenousness

ravenous

/ˈrævənəs/
adjective
1.
famished; starving
2.
rapacious; voracious
Derived Forms
ravenously, adverb
ravenousness, noun
Word Origin
C16: from Old French ravineux, from Latin rapīna plunder, from rapere to seize
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Word Origin and History for ravenousness

ravenous

adj.

late 14c., "obsessed with plundering, extremely greedy," from Old French ravinos, of people, "rapacious, violent," of water, "swift-flowing," from raviner "to seize," from ravine "violent rush, robbery" (see ravine). Meaning "voracious, very hungry" is from early 15c. Related: Ravenously; ravenousness.

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