Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Extremely hungry; voracious.
  • adj. Rapacious; predatory.
  • adj. Greedy for gratification: ravenous for power. See Synonyms at voracious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Very hungry.
  • adj. Eager for prey or gratification.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Devouring with rapacious eagerness; furiously voracious; hungry even to rage.
  • adj. Eager for prey or gratification.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Furiously voracious; hungry even to rage; devouring with rapacious eagerness: as, a ravenous wolf, lion, or vulture; to be ravenous with hunger.
  • Greedily eager for gratification; tending to rapacity or voracity: as, ravenous appetite or desire.
  • Synonyms Voracious, etc. See rapacious.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. devouring or craving food in great quantities
  • adj. extremely hungry

Etymologies

Middle English, from Old French ravineux, from raviner, to take by force, from Vulgar Latin *rapīnāre, from Latin rapīna, plunder; see rapine.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old French ravineus. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • He’d been hungry himself before, but he’d never understood the term ravenous until he watched her eat.

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  • With bass leaving their beds and ravenous from the rigors of spawning, now's the time to cast out a topwater popper and get ready for some explosive action.

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  • Or it may be meant of Egypt itself, which had been to Israel a house of bondage and therefore a land of trouble and anguish, and which abounded in ravenous and venomous creatures.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume IV (Isaiah to Malachi)

  • Well, sir, after all this had relatively changed, after the Western nations had made their marvellous advances in civilization, they were too apt to exhibit to China only their barbaric side -- that is, their ravenous cupidity backed by their insolent strength.

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  • While we're obviously going to go through some growing pains for the next few cycles, I'm optimistic that this kind of ravenous fact-checking will result in greater voluntary transparency and less focus on spin and PR.

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  • The word "ravenous" scarcely indicates their condition!

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  • Does anyone want to make the odds that they'll end up eating each other in some kind of ravenous feeding frenzy?

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  • TAS's website may be familiar with my growing obsession with America's looming disaster due to over-spending, debt and, most importantly, endless entitlement spending currently on auto-pilot, a kind of ravenous beast consuming most of our seed corn now and into the future.

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  • Not much-maligned "ravenous" White women snatching successful brothers from the fold.

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  • Furred Law-cats, that are a kind of ravenous devils; thus we shall remove all manner of tyranny out of the land.

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