What does the word appetite mean?

  • An internal sensation, which warns us of the necessity of exerting certain functions, especially those of digestion and generation. If the desire for food, occasioned by a real want, he carried to a certain extent, it is called hunger, when solid food is concerned; thirst, when liquid. Appetite and hunger ought not, however, to be employed synonymously: they are different degrees of the same want. Hunger is an imperious desire: it cannot be provoked, like the appetite. It is always allayed by eating: but not so the appetite; for, at times, it may be excited in this manner. They are very generally, however, used synonymously.

  • [ Latin] Desire, craving; especially, a natural, healthy desire for the gratification of hunger or some other bodily need.

Usage examples for appetite

  1. His appetite, however, did not flag, and I thought he seemed to enjoy his emotions and his dinner equally. – A Day Of Fate by E. P. Roe
  2. The guards thought he had lost his appetite from worry over his approaching death. – History of 'Billy the Kid' by Chas. A. Siringo
  3. Her strength and appetite had returned. – Lourdes by Robert Hugh Benson

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