insatiate

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English[edit]

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ɪnˈseɪ.ʃi.ət/

Adjective[edit]

insatiate ‎(comparative more insatiate, superlative most insatiate)

  1. That is not satiated; insatiable
    • 1597, William Shakespeare, Richard II, Act II, Scene 1, [1]
      Light vanity, insatiate cormorant, / Consuming means, soon preys upon itself.
    • 1674, John Milton, Paradise Lost, Second Edition, Book II, 5-9,
      Satan exalted sat, by merit raised / To that bad eminence; and from despair thus high uplifted beyond hope, aspires / Beyond thus high, insatiate to pursue / Vain war with heaven,
    • 1818, Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley, Frankenstein, Chapter XX, [2]
      I shuddered to think who might be the next victim sacrificed to his insatiate revenge.
    • 1887, John Addington Symonds, "Le jeune homme caressant sa chimère: For an intaglio" in Many Moods: A Volume of Verse, London: John Murray, p. 36, [3]
      A boy of eighteen years mid myrtle-boughs / Lying love-languid on a morn of May, / Watched half-asleep his goats insatiate browse / Thin shoots of thyme and lentisk,
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 5, [4]
      Its abrogation would have crippled the indispensable fleet, [] a fleet the more insatiate in demand for men, because then multiplying its ships of all grades against contingencies present and to come of the convulsed Continent.
    • 1980, Peter De Vries, Consenting Adults, Or, The Duchess Will Be Furious, Penguin, Chapter Five, p. 69,
      Then again the heaving bosom of the Mediterranean, clothes strewn along the shore, running naked into the sea while wind-exported Andalusian odors spice the insatiate night!