Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

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  • When we respond to the image of two men kissing with appetence or abhorrence, that evaluation is defined by and defines our personal aesthetic.

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  • Luiz Cane (9-1) will be making his third appetence in the Octagon and is also coming off his first win in the UFC.

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  • It is vulgar and it is voracious, the viral and visceral force of appetence.

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  • Is it just the appetence of an Omar Khayyam, the leer of an Abu Nuwas,

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  • Thus, with a divided will, he continues to seek a stable peace in the Christian faith while he stubbornly clings to his pride and appetence.

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  • And since a look of innocence and the bloom of youth may, and very often do, appear on the faces of individuals who are far from being innocent or even young, it may well be that Sophie in 1810, servant - maid in a brothel though she was, still kept a look of country freshness and health, unjaded enough to whet the dulled appetence of a bagnio-haunting old rip.

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  • There was no thief on the course who did not wait, in hungry appetence, the sportsman's descent from the stand; yet the novice outstripped them all.

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  • Of course, its arguments can also be used to legitimize human suicide, but being a Catholic priest, maybe Dr. Umbers is counting on our love for the whales and appetence to help them when stranded, to see the other way around and question precisely human suicide (and other related topics).

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  • "The Behold of the Eye," Flashjack's laternal grandsister (adopted), Pebbleskip had told him, "is where the humans store the imagos of their appetence — which is to say, all the things they prize most highly, having had their breath taken away by the glimmering glamour of it.

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