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Wordnet 3.0


1. (often followed by `for') ardently or excessively desirous;
- Example: "avid for adventure"
- Example: "an avid ambition to succeed"
- Example: "fierce devouring affection"
- Example: "the esurient eyes of an avid curiosity"
- Example: "greedy for fame"
[syn: avid, devouring(a), esurient, greedy]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Devour \De*vour"\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Devoured; p. pr. & vb. n. Devouring.] [F. d['e]vorer, fr. L. devorare; de + vorare to eat greedily, swallow up. See Voracious.] 1. To eat up with greediness; to consume ravenously; to feast upon like a wild beast or a glutton; to prey upon. [1913 Webster] Some evil beast hath devoured him. --Gen. xxxvii. 20. [1913 Webster] 2. To seize upon and destroy or appropriate greedily, selfishly, or wantonly; to consume; to swallow up; to use up; to waste; to annihilate. [1913 Webster] Famine and pestilence shall devour him. --Ezek. vii. 15. [1913 Webster] I waste my life and do my days devour. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 3. To enjoy with avidity; to appropriate or take in eagerly by the senses. [1913 Webster] Longing they look, and gaping at the sight, Devour her o'er with vast delight. --Dryden. Syn: To consume; waste; destroy; annihilate. [1913 Webster]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):

devouring adj 1: (often followed by `for') ardently or excessively desirous; "avid for adventure"; "an avid ambition to succeed"; "fierce devouring affection"; "the esurient eyes of an avid curiosity"; "greedy for fame" [syn: avid, devouring(a), esurient, greedy]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:

85 Moby Thesaurus words for "devouring": a hog for, acquisitive, all-devouring, appetite, avaricious, avid, bottomless, cannibalism, carnivorism, carnivority, carnivorousness, chewing, consumption, coveting, covetous, cropping, deglutition, devourment, dieting, dining, eating, epulation, esurient, feasting, feeding, gluttonous, gluttony, gobbling, grabby, grasping, grazing, greedy, herbivorism, herbivority, herbivorousness, hoggish, hunger, ingestion, insatiable, insatiate, licking, limitless, manducation, mastication, mercenary, messing, miserly, money-hungry, money-mad, munching, nibbling, nutrition, omnivorism, omnivorous, omnivorousness, omophagy, overgreedy, pantophagy, pasture, pasturing, pecking, piggish, quenchless, rapacious, ravening, ravenous, regalement, relishing, rumination, savoring, slakeless, sordid, swinish, tasting, unappeasable, unappeased, unquenchable, unsated, unsatisfied, unslakeable, unslaked, vegetarianism, venal, voracious, wolfing