ventripotent

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle French ventripotent, from Latin venter (belly) + potens (powerful).

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Adjective[edit]

ventripotent (comparative more ventripotent, superlative most ventripotent)

  1. Having a big belly.
    • 1694, Thomas Urquhart, translating François Rabelais, Pantagruel, Book LIX, (chapter title):
      Of the ridiculous statue Manduce; and how, and what the Gastrolaters sacrifice to their ventripotent [transl. ventripotent] god.
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Faber & Faber 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 714:
      The reception committee consisted of Constance and a ventripotent Swiss banker, representing the Red Cross [...].
  2. Gluttonous.
    • 2008, A. C. Kemp, The Perfect Insult for Every Occasion, ISBN 978-1-59869-327-0, page 198:
      I'm sure your being so ventripotent is useful in county fair competitions, George, but it's driving our bakery into the ground, so we're replacing you.

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French[edit]

Adjective[edit]

ventripotent m (feminine ventripotente, masculine plural ventripotents, feminine plural ventripotentes)

  1. ventripotent