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  • noun The characteristic of being avid.

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

  • noun a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something


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  • The Wall Street Journal's critic hailed his "sheer pictorial elegance," while criticizing the paintings as "grotesqueries with an avidness worthy of Barnum."

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  • Even Charles Dickens, God love him, has a writing style that seems dated and can inspire more arduousness than avidness.

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  • Flinging aside the crumpled corpse, already forgetful of it, Thoth grasped the ring in both hands, his dark eyes blazing with a fearful avidness.

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  • He eyed it without favor, but with a sort of fierce avidness almost obsessional.

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  • She was quite aware that Sibyl for all her posturings, and avidness for sex admiration, and "acting oriental" as the phrase went, was entirely devoted to Frank.

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  • Had they developed just a keyboard, my avidness for the iPad would have been a lot calmer because the huge issue for working on the iPhone was just, I'm a really good typist and I'm even a really good thumb typist, but there's a limit to how much you can do.


  • She projects an intoxicating, slightly sordid hunger that lights up the screen, and it's that avidness, I think, that expresses something of Currie herself. Today's Latest Headlines

  • GH Varley Board of Directors, with the assistance of their NSW Workcover Agent QBE Insurance's pre-ordained, network of corrupt rodents, have with avidness, squirreled themselves away behind closed boardroom doors and mind's to profit from the manipulation of New South Wales Occupation Health & Safety Legislation.

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