Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A strong craving or desire.
  • noun A tendency or propensity.
  • noun A natural attraction or affinity.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The act of seeking or craving after that which satisfies the affections, passions, or tastes; desire; inclination; propensity.
  • noun Specifically
  • noun Strong natural craving for that which gratifies the senses; appetite; animal desire: as, “lustful appetence,”
  • noun A mental tendency toward an end; a volition or desire.
  • noun Instinctive inclination or natural tendency.
  • noun In inanimate things, material or chemical attraction or affinity.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A longing; a desire; especially an ardent desire; appetite; appetency.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun the state or action of desiring or craving

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

  • noun a feeling of craving something

Etymologies

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

[Probably French appétence, from Latin appetentia, from appetēns, appetent-, present participle of appetere, to strive after; see appetite.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

French appétence, from Latin appetentia, from appetere ("seek after"), from ad + petere ("seek").

Examples

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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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  • 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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  • The voyeur looks because he must.

    To call it a sin is not just.

    It's love in a sense -

    Or it's appetence,

    A eunuchoid version of lust.

    December 4, 2014