From Late Middle English insaciate, insaciat, insacyate (“insatiable”), from Latin insatiātus, from in- (prefix meaning ‘not’) + satiātus (“satisfied; having been satisfied”) (perfect passive participle of satiō (“to satisfy”), from satis (“enough; filled; plenty”) (ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *seh₂- (“to satiate, satisfy”)) + -ō (suffix forming regular first-conjugation verbs)).
- (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ɪnˈseɪ.ʃɪət/, /ɪnˈseɪ.ʃɪ.ət/
Audio (RP) (file)
- (General American) IPA(key): /ɪnˈseɪ.ʃɪt/, /ɪnˈseɪ.ʃi.ɪt/
- Hyphenation: in‧sa‧tiate, in‧sa‧ti‧ate
- (archaic or literary) That is not satiated; insatiable.
- 1595 December 9 (first known performance), [William Shakespeare], The Tragedie of King Richard the Second. […] (First Quarto), London: […] Valentine Simmes for Androw Wise, […], published 1597, OCLC 213833262, [Act II, scene i]:
- Light vanitie inſatiate cormorant, / Conſuming meanes ſoone praies vpon it selfe: [...]
- 1667, John Milton, “Book II”, in Paradise Lost. A Poem Written in Ten Books, London: […] [Samuel Simmons], […], OCLC 228722708; republished as Paradise Lost in Ten Books: […], London: Basil Montagu Pickering […], 1873, OCLC 230729554, lines 5–10:
- Satan exalted ſat, by merit raiſ'd / To that bad eminence; and from deſpair / Thus high uplifted beyond hope, aſpires / Beyond thus high, inſatiate to pursue / Vain Warr with Heav'n, and by ſucceſs untaught / His proud imaginations thus diſplaid.
- 1818, [Mary Shelley], chapter III, in Frankenstein; or, The Modern Prometheus. In Three Volumes, volume III, London: Printed [by Macdonald and Son] for Lackington, Hughes, Harding, Mavor, & Jones, OCLC 830979744, pages 49–50:
- I shuddered to think who might be the next victim sacrificed to his insatiate revenge.
- 1878, John Addington Symonds, “Le Jeune Homme Caressant sa Chimère. For an Intaglio.”, in Many Moods: A Volume of Verse, London: John Murray, […], OCLC 10426240, page 36:
- 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, by the spray / Of biting sea-winds bitter made and grey: [...]
- 1888–1891, Herman Melville, “[Billy Budd, Foretopman.] Chapter V.”, in Billy Budd and Other Stories, London: John Lehmann, published 1951, OCLC 639975898, page 240:
- [T]hat mode of manning the fleet, a mode now fallen into a sort of abeyance but never formally renounced, it was not practicable to give up in those years. 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.