From Middle French ventripotent, from Latin venter (“belly”) + potens (“powerful”).
ventripotent (comparative more ventripotent, superlative most ventripotent)
- 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 [...].
2008, A. C. Kemp, The Perfect Insult for Every Occasion, →ISBN, 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.
ventripotent (feminine singular ventripotente, masculine plural ventripotents, feminine plural ventripotentes)