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voracity

[vaw-ras-i-tee, voh-, vuh-] /vɔˈræs ɪ ti, voʊ-, və-/
noun
1.
the condition or quality of being voracious.
Origin
1520-1530
1520-30; < Latin vorācitās, equivalent to vorāc- (stem of vorāx) gluttonous + -itās -ity
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  • One is the size of the innings, marking a return to his old voracity.
  • But his voracity for anything printed was insatiable.
Word Origin and History for voracity
n.

1520s, from Middle French voracité (14c.) or directly from Latin voracitatem (nominative voracitas) "greediness, ravenousness," from vorax (genitive voracis) "greedy," from vorare "to devour," from PIE root *gwer- "to swallow, devour" (cf. Sanskrit girati "he swallows," garah "drink;" Greek bora "food;" Lithuanian geriu "to drink;" Old Church Slavonic ziro "to swallow," grulo "gullet").

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