ravenous

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Borrowed from Old French ravineus.

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ravenous (comparative more ravenous, superlative most ravenous)

  1. Very hungry.
    • 1922, Ben Travers, chapter 5, in 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. Grasping; Characterized by strong desires.
    • 1843, Thomas Carlyle, Past and Present, book 3, ch. IX, Working Aristocracy
      Supply-and-demand? One begins to be weary of such work. Leave all to egoism, to ravenous greed of money, of pleasure, of applause: — it is the Gospel of Despair!

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