voracity

Use the noun voracity when you're describing someone's enormous, gluttonous appetite.

Some people eat a little and others eat a lot. The ones who eat an extreme amount have the quality of voracity — basically, it means overeating. Sometimes this word refers to literally eating too much, and other times it refers to the desire to overeat. Anyone might eat a couple of hot dogs, but only someone with voracity could eat ten or eleven in one sitting. At the root of voracity is the Latin word vorare, which means "to devour."

Definitions of voracity
  1. noun
    extreme gluttony
    synonyms: edacity, esurience, rapaciousness, rapacity, voraciousness
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    type of:
    gluttony
    habitual eating to excess
  2. noun
    excessive desire to eat
    synonyms: edacity, esurience, ravenousness, voraciousness
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    type of:
    hunger, hungriness
    a physiological need for food; the consequence of food deprivation
Commonly confused words

veracious / voracious

Voracious describes someone super hungry, like a zombie or a wolf. A voracious appetite makes you want to eat a whole cake. Veracious (with an "e") means truthful, as in a veracious first president who cannot tell a lie.

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