from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A strong craving or desire.
- n. A tendency or propensity.
- n. A natural attraction or affinity.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. the state or action of desiring or craving
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A longing; a desire; especially an ardent desire; appetite; appetency.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The act of seeking or craving after that which satisfies the affections, passions, or tastes; desire; inclination; propensity.
- n. Specifically
- n. Strong natural craving for that which gratifies the senses; appetite; animal desire: as, “lustful appetence,”
- n. A mental tendency toward an end; a volition or desire.
- n. Instinctive inclination or natural tendency.
- n. In inanimate things, material or chemical attraction or affinity.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a feeling of craving something
Probably French appétence, from Latin appetentia, from appetēns, appetent-, present participle of appetere, to strive after; see appetite.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
French appétence, from Latin appetentia, from appetere ("seek after"), from ad + petere ("seek"). (Wiktionary)