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voracious

vo·ra·cious

voracious

 
 
pronunciation:
v reI shs
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part of speech: adjective
definition 1: consuming large quantities of food with greed or great desire; ravenous.
The shark is a voracious predator.
synonyms:
gluttonous, greedy, insatiable, omnivorous, rapacious, ravenous
similar words:
avaricious, esurient, hoggish, insatiate, piggish, swinish, unquenchable
definition 2: having a great and constant desire for a particular activity or pursuit.
My father is a voracious reader of mystery novels.
synonyms:
avid, eager, hungry, insatiable
similar words:
ardent, desperate, enthusiastic, esurient, fanatic, insatiate, keen, omnivorous, rabid, zealous
derivations: voraciously (adv.), voraciousness (n.), voracity (n.)
Word Parts
The word voracious contains the following parts:
-acious Latin adjective-forming suffix that means full of, characterized by
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The suffix -acious forms adjectives from Latinate nouns ending in "-acity," "-acy," or "-ce." Most common adjectives ending in -acious have a corresponding noun form ending in "-acity."