avidity


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  • noun

Synonyms for avidity

the quality or condition of being voracious

excessive desire for more than one needs or deserves

Synonyms for avidity

a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something

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It was not until the year 1766, that the trade regained its old channels; but it was then pursued with much avidity and emulation by individual merchants, and soon transcended its former bounds.
Hunger for the moment overcame the little Prince's fears, and he set to with avidity upon the strange, rough fare, made doubly coarse by the rude utensils and the bare surroundings, so unlike the royal magnificence of his palace apartments.
Not only did the story take with the fiction-readers, but those who read "The Shame of the Sun" with avidity were likewise attracted to the sea-story by the cosmic grasp of mastery with which he had handled it.
So one night the Successful Man of Business left his hand out of his neighbour's pocket, and the Thief took it with avidity.
On the bridge of the steamer, in the midst of the crowd, he bustled to and fro, never still for a moment, "dragging his anchors," as the sailors say, gesticulating, making free with everybody, biting his nails with nervous avidity.
Saying which, he offered some water to the wounded dog, who swallowed it with avidity.
So from this time forth he read new books and romances with avidity, in this way gaining a half-knowledge, of which he made a very fair use.
It was on that account, I strongly suspect, that he seized with avidity upon the theory of poetical genius being allied to madness, which he got hold of in some idiotic book everybody was reading a few years ago.
Wanton avidity, bilious envy, careworn revenge, populace-pride: all these struck mine eye.
But the cursory glance my father had taken of my volume by no means assured me that he was acquainted with its contents, and I continued to read with the greatest avidity.
exclaimed several voices at once, seizing with avidity, an opportunity to interrupt a dialogue which threatened to become more violent.
Any old newspaper, or scrap of intelligence from London, she caught at with avidity.
I wish he could have witnessed the horrible avidity with which Oliver tore the bits asunder with all the ferocity of famine.
Pickwick would have accepted his offer with the utmost avidity.
Whilst almost no biological activity is observed on non-targeted cells, thus preventing systemic toxicity, avidity effects at the targeted cell membrane lead to recovery of over 90% of the TNF signaling activity.