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)


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