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Meaning of APPETITE

Pronunciation:  'api`tIt

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a feeling of craving something; "an appetite for life"; "the object of life is to satisfy as many appetencies as possible"- Granville Hicks

APPETITE is a 8 letter word that starts with A.


 Synonyms: appetence, appetency
 See Also: craving, stomach, sweet tooth



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ap"pe*tite\, n. [OE. appetit, F. app['e]tit, fr. L.
appetitus, fr. appetere to strive after, long for; ad +
petere to seek. See {Petition}, and cf. {Appetence}.]
1. The desire for some personal gratification, either of the
   body or of the mind.

         The object of appetite it whatsoever sensible good
         may be wished for; the object of will is that good
         which reason does lead us to seek.    --Hooker.

2. Desire for, or relish of, food or drink; hunger.

         Men must have appetite before they will eat.

3. Any strong desire; an eagerness or longing.

         It God had given to eagles an appetite to swim.
                                               --Jer. Taylor.

         To gratify the vulgar appetite for the marvelous.

4. Tendency; appetency. [Obs.]

         In all bodies there as an appetite of union.

5. The thing desired. [Obs.]

         Power being the natural appetite of princes.

Note: In old authors, appetite is followed by to or of, but
      regularly it should be followed by for before the
      object; as, an appetite for pleasure.

Syn: Craving; longing; desire; appetency; passion.

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