appetite

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Middle English appetit, from Old French apetit (French appétit), from Latin appetitus, from appetere (to strive after, long for); ad + petere (to seek). See petition, and compare with appetence.

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Noun[edit]

appetite (plural appetites)

  1. Desire for, or relish of, food or drink; hunger.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, A Cuckoo in the Nest:
      The most rapid and most seductive transition in all human nature is that which attends the palliation of a ravenous appetite. There is something humiliating about it.
  2. Any strong desire; an eagerness or longing.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Jeremy Taylor (1613–1677)
      If God had given to eagles an appetite to swim.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Thomas Macaulay (1800-1859)
      To gratify the vulgar appetite for the marvelous.
  3. The desire for some personal gratification, either of the body or of the mind.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Richard Hooker (1554-1600)
      The object of appetite is whatsoever sensible good may be wished for; the object of will is that good which reason does lead us to seek.
  4. A taste, preference.

Quotations[edit]

  • 1904, Arthur Conan Doyle in The Adventure of Black Peter
    And I return with an excellent appetite. There can be no question, my dear Watson, of the value of exercise before breakfast. But I am prepared to bet that you will not guess the form that my exercise has taken.

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Italian[edit]

Verb[edit]

appetite

  1. second-person plural present indicative of appetire
  2. second-person plural imperative of appetire
  3. Plural of appetito

Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

appetite

  1. second-person plural present active imperative of appetō