American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Hungry; greedy.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Inclined to eat; hungry.
- n. One who is hungry or greedy.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. rare Inclined to eat; hungry; voracious.
- n. rare One who is hungry or greedy.
- adj. extremely hungry
- adj. devouring or craving food in great quantities
- adj. (often followed by `for') ardently or excessively desirous
- From Latin esurire ("hungry, desiderative verb"), from edō ("to eat"). Etymological twin to edacious ("voracious, ravenous"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin ēsuriēns, ēsurient-, present participle of ēsurīre, desiderative of edere, to eat; see ed- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Antonia D. said, "Is it not amazing that the moment I have read the word esurient a trace of something I knew pressed me to bring it back to life again (that is, to ...”
“Obama's dignified elevation of our national discourse through honesty, depth, and nuance was greeted by ratings-esurient tabloid news, race-baiting commentary, and rancorous replay of Wright -- ad nauseam.”
“It had been a relief for Ted after Connie's death, not to mention after the esurient pursuing by other women to which he'd been exposed, to find himself in the company of a woman who wanted to build a structure first before taking up residence within it.”
“Eight credits per week went to the company, in advance, for room and board; the rest he spent over the fat man's bar or gambled away at the fat man's crooked games-for Bominger, although engaged in vaster commerce far, nevertheless allowed no scruple to interfere with his esurient rapacity.”
“He drew tears from them with the pathos of his picture of the bereaved widow Mabey and her three starving, destitute children -- "orphaned to avenge the death of a pheasant" -- and the bereaved mother of that M. de Vilmorin, a student of Rennes, known here to many of them, who had met his death in a noble endeavour to champion the cause of an esurient member of their afflicted order.”
“Oscar -- the amiable, irresponsible, esurient Oscar -- with no more sense of a picture than of the fit of a coat, has the courage of the opinions .... of others!”
“He will be living on a great flat earth -- unless some officious person has tried to muddle his wits by telling him the earth is round; amidst trees, animals, men, houses, engines, utensils, that are all capable of being good or naughty, all fond of nice things and hostile to nasty ones, all thumpable and perishable, and all conceivably esurient.”
“He will be living on a great flat earth — unless some officious person has tried to muddle his wits by telling him the earth is round; amidst trees, animals, men, houses, engines, utensils, that are all capable of being good or naughty, all fond of nice things and hostile to nasty ones, all thumpable and perishable, and all conceivably esurient.”
“If she do not gravitate too irresistibly towards that class of New-Era people (which includes whatsoever we have of prurient, esurient, morbid, flimsy, and in fact pitiable and unprofitable, and is at a sad discount among men of sense), she may get into good tracks of inquiry and connection here, and be very useful to herself and others.”
“It is to be hoped that a numerous and enterprising generation of writers will follow and surpass the present one; but it would be better if the stream were stayed, and the roll of our old, honest English books were closed, than that esurient book-makers should continue and debase a brave tradition, and lower, in their own eyes, a famous race.”
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