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  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Appetition Desire; a longing for, or seeking after, something.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n appetition An act of appetite; desire; craving.
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  • Anne Morrow Lindbergh
    “America, which has the most glorious present still existing in the world today, hardly stops to enjoy it, in her insatiable appetite for the future.”
  • Robert Louis Stevenson
    “A faculty for idleness implies a catholic appetite and a strong sense of personal identity.”
  • Harry A. Overstreet
    Harry A. Overstreet
    “Better a dish of illusion and a hearty appetite for life, than a feast of reality and indigestion therewith.”
  • Lord Chesterfield
    “I look upon indolence as a sort of suicide; for the man is effectually destroyed, though the appetites of the brute may survive.”
  • Seneca
    “A well governed appetite is the greater part of liberty.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety. Other women cloy the appetites they feed, but she makes hungry where most she satisfies.”


Whet your appetite - If something whets your appetite, it interests you and makes you want more of it.


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. appetitio,: cf. F. appétition,


In literature:

If she felt any appetite she restrained it, she became so vain of having lost it.
"By the Light of the Soul" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
She's got no appetite herself, and she tried to take mine away from me.
"The Helpmate" by May Sinclair
This consists in the proper control of all our desires, appetites, and passions.
"A Practical Directory for Young Christian Females" by Harvey Newcomb
Jean ate several with healthy appetite.
"The Tin Soldier" by Temple Bailey
Once the pouch is emptied the larva is abandoned as useless offal, a certain sign of non-carnivorous appetites.
"Social Life in the Insect World" by J. H. Fabre
The dog will devour, with avidity, the warm entrails of recently killed animals, and thrive in consequence of such an appetite.
"The People's Common Sense Medical Adviser in Plain English" by R. V. Pierce
Through stress of appetites, as powerful as they were gross, he had grown sharp to calculate, and quick to see.
"The President" by Alfred Henry Lewis
He has an insatiable appetite, consuming hundreds of insects in the course of a day.
"The Insect Folk" by Margaret Warner Morley
My explanation however satisfied him, and having gotten the key, she soon contrived to get sufficient to satisfy our voracious appetites.
"A Journey to the Centre of the Earth" by Jules Verne
Has she any appetite?
"Robin" by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The appetite, under such conditions, fails and the entire functional system loses tone.
"Vitality Supreme" by Bernarr Macfadden
Also she displayed an excellent appetite.
"Happy Pollyooly" by Edgar Jepson
Hence, of all appetites, the inherited appetite for drunkenness is {413} the most direful.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
His appetite must be restrained from excess.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
The appetite for food and drink, if left to itself, would run away with us.
"Practical Ethics" by William DeWitt Hyde
They soon perceived, however, that to satisfy the latter appetite it would not be necessary for them to kill the camel.
"The Boy Slaves" by Mayne Reid
The provisions from the boats would soon arrive, and then they might lawfully satisfy their appetites.
"The Three Midshipmen" by W.H.G. Kingston
In the intervals, the patients affected can satisfy their appetite.
"North American Medical and Surgical Journal, Vol. 2, No. 3, July, 1826" by Various
Moreover, the frequence and intensity of the sexual appetite are often much greater in one than in the other, which is detrimental to both.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
The soul was the person, the seat of appetite and passions.
"Christ, Christianity and the Bible" by I. M. Haldeman

In poetry:

His jaws present a toothless sight,
But still my hearty hero
Can satisfy an appetite
Which brings a bone to zero.
"Rover" by Henry Kendall
I hear it talking in the night,
As if it were in clover:
You've never lost your appetite,
You've never been run over.
"The Little Clock" by Hattie Howard
He never lost his appetite—
He bigger grew, and bigger;
And proved, with every inch of height,
A nigger is a nigger.
"Peter the Piccaninny" by Henry Kendall
Then game and fish and ev'ry dish
That lures the taste and sight
A hundred hurrying servants bear
To please the appetite.
"The Bard Of Wales" by Janos Arany
That noon a dozen little dears
Were spanked and put to bed
With naught to stay their appetites
But cheerless crusts of bread.
"The Ballad Of The Taylor Pup" by Eugene Field
Liz says it isn't nice or right
To always have an appetite;
She says it's rude
To watch folks' food
And greed for every bite.
"A Little Boys Ideas" by John Joy Bell

In news:

How to Trick Your Appetite.
When I attended the Vegas Uncork 'd by Bon Appetit earlier this year, I was surprised a culinary event could be so colossal.
Appetite for Commercial Aerospace Mergers & Acquisitions Undiminished by Economic Concerns, Says Lazard.
Pablo Prigioni whets fans appetite for passing, unselfish play.
He said that she had imagination and an intense appetite for beauty, but no conscience, no convictions.
Consultants say hospital and health system appetite for medical practices remains strong, despite a recent downturn in large deals.
View the previous installment of Appetite here.
More on A Mighty Appetite.
China's Voracious Appetite for Commodities.
Opportunity In The Internet's Voracious Energy Appetite: The Cloud Begins with Coal (and fracking).
Appetite for Verizon iPhone voracious .
Satisfy that voracious fructose appetite.
Satisfy Your Man's Appetite While Saving Your Waistline .
Bon Appetit names PDX's Woodsman, Luce, and Ox among the Year's Best.
Work up an appetite or work off your Thanksgiving dinner at the YMCA.

In science:

Our goal here is only to whet the reader’s appetite, to show that Kuranishi cochains are an elegant and economical setting for Lagrangian Floer cohomology, and so to justify all the effort we have put into developing Kuranishi (co)homology, and perhaps persuade the reader that it is worth taking the time to learn.
Kuranishi homology and Kuranishi cohomology
Thus, I embarked on the preparation of this collection of problems, for those who wish to study mathematical physics and want to see some solved problems to whet their appetite. I hope that people who learn the sub jects treated in this collection of problems will find it useful.
A Collection of Exercises in Two-Dimensional Physics, Part 1
These results have wetted the appetite for obtaining higher quality data, and have led to a vigorous campaign of instrumental developments in high energy regimes.
Gamma-Ray Bursts: Progress, Problems & Prospects
Cosmic ray data whets our appetite for the first collider data.
top2008 Conference Summary
It was clear that there was a tremendous appetite amongst staff to learn more about Excel, and the Bank had a generous training budget.
Controlling End User Computing Applications - a case study
Nature’s appetite appears to be more voracious on grander scales, gobbling up large quantities of matter while exhibiting little sign of digestion.
Weighing Superclusters
Priya Natarajan’s results have whetted our appetite for further investigations of this sort.
Gravitational Lensing: Recent Progress and Future Goals - Conference Summary
Emotion and motivation I: defensive and appetitive reactions in picture processing.
Patterns of Emotional Blogging and Emergence of Communities: Agent-Based Model on Bipartite Networks
Whilst he may not have been quite the equal of the great astronomy author of the time, Sir Robert Ball, Gore‘s books helped to feed the insatiable public appetite that existed at the time for knowledge about developments in science.
John Ellard Gore: of immensity and minuteness
Besides being of interest in themselves, these results whet the appetite for the richness of the CDF program on b physics during Run II, scheduled to start in the summer of 2000.
Two Recent Results on B Physics from CDF