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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
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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