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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Definitions for avidity

  1. Enthusiasm or dedication.
  2. Eagerness; greediness.

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Citations for avidity
One may speak about anything on earth with fire, with enthusiasm, with ecstasy, but one only speaks about oneself with avidity. Ivan Sergeevich Turgenev, "A Correspondence," Essential Turgenev
Come, walk up, and purchase with avidity, Overcome your diffidence and natural timidity! William S. Gilbert, Arthur Seymour Sullivan, Patience; or, Bunthorne's Bride
Origin of avidity
late Middle English
Avidity appeared in English in the mid-1500s, originating from the French word avide, meaning "to crave, long for." The term adds a dimension of intensity to the "eagerness" with which it is often equated.
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