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  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj appetitive of or relating to appetite "appetitive needs"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Appetitive Having the quality of desiring gratification; as, appetitive power or faculty.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • appetitive Characterized by or of the nature of appetite.
    • appetitive Appetizing.
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  • Charles Dickens
    “Subdue your appetites, my dears, and you've conquered human nature .”
  • William Penn
    “Always rise from the table with an appetite, and you will never sit down without one.”
  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “Reason should direct and appetite obey.”
  • Thomas Fuller
    “Riches enlarge rather than satisfy appetites.”
  • Madonna
    “Everyone probably thinks that I'm a raving nymphomaniac, that I have an insatiable sexual appetite, when the truth is I'd rather read a book.”
  • Lord Byron
    “I only go out to get me a fresh appetite for being alone.”


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


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. appétitif,


In literature:

The breakfast was good, with tortillas, frijoles, other Mexican dishes and coffee, but the boy had no appetite.
"The Texan Star" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Sulpice told all this to Adrienne while eating his dinner mechanically and without appetite.
"His Excellency the Minister" by Jules Claretie
Being a very perfect animal, she was blessed with an excellent appetite and a healthy digestion.
"The Lost Lady of Lone" by E.D.E.N. Southworth
It will be like caviar to the appetite.
"The Grey Cloak" by Harold MacGrath
Dinner came: a good meal, more substantial than dungeon-air could give an appetite for; but he ate it.
"Atlantic Monthly,Volume 14, No. 82, August, 1864" by Various
The little ones have such astonishingly good appetites that it keeps the old folks busy to supply them with enough to eat.
"Dickey Downy" by Virginia Sharpe Patterson
I had as little appetite for it as he, but I did my best.
"The Gay Cockade" by Temple Bailey
Use them different days for variety, to get the fowl appetite.
"The Closet of Sir Kenelm Digby Knight Opened" by Kenelm Digby
The long ride and the fresh air had given us an appetite for sleep.
"The Voyage of the Rattletrap" by Hayden Carruth
The outcast son tried to satiate his appetite with husks.
"Sermons Preached at Brighton" by Frederick W. Robertson
It embraces everything the natural appetite of man craves.
"Life and Labors of Elder John Kline, the Martyr Missionary" by John Kline
Now good digestion wait on appetite, And health on both!
"Familiar Quotations" by Various
But appetite is not of itself sufficient to make a cow a money maker.
"Pratt's Practical Pointers on the Care of Livestock and Poultry" by Pratt Food Co.
There may be fever, restlessness, and loss of appetite; though in many cases there are absolutely no symptoms.
"The Eugenic Marriage, Vol 2 (of 4)" by W. Grant Hague
She was greatly emaciated, and had almost a total loss of appetite.
"An Account of the Foxglove and some of its Medical Uses" by William Withering
I don't think it will spoil my appetite.
"Slow and Sure" by Horatio Alger
Still my appetite for animal food seems unabated.
"Vegetable Diet: As Sanctioned by Medical Men, and by Experience in All Ages" by William Andrus Alcott
Her appetite was diminished; she knew the reason.
"Shirley" by Charlotte Brontë
For the first time, my stomach was now giving me a little trouble and my appetite was off.
"Confessions of a Neurasthenic" by William Taylor Marrs
Children thus affected have a voracious appetite, and at the same time are becoming more and more emaciated.
"A Treatise on Anatomy, Physiology, and Hygiene (Revised Edition)" by Calvin Cutter

In poetry:

And shall our love, so far beyond
That low and dying appetite,
And which so chaste desires unite,
Not hold in an eternal bond?
"An Ode Upon a Question Moved, Whether Love Should Continue Forever" by Lord Edward Herbert of Cherbury
Man has a curious appetite,
He's all the time wishing to go;
And if he had the wings of a kite,
He'd travel this wide world o'er.
"The Trip I Would Like to Take" by Frank Barbour Coffin
Aw rarely have a sickly spell,--
Mi appetite aw'm fain to tell
Ne'er plays noa scurvy tricks on me,
Nowt ivver seems to disagree.
"Fairly Weel-off" by John Hartley
"The next lot fell to the NANCY'S mate,
And a delicate dish he made;
Then our appetite with the midshipmite
We seven survivors stayed.
"The Yarn of the Nancy Bell" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Waiting for care to run away,
We've lost three quarters of a day.
Nor could, when supper time came on,
Eat much--his appetite was gone.
"The Cobbler" by William Hutton
When I, good friends, was called to the bar,
I'd an appetite fresh and hearty.
But I was, as many young barristers are,
An impecunious party.
"Trial" by William Schwenck Gilbert

In news:

A previously healthy 2-year-old girl was seen by her pediatrician with a history of increasingly poor appetite and decreased energy and activity over the prior 2 months.
Thousands gathered in Sioux City, IA, this weekend to slake their appetite for tasty wholesome hamburgers, while showing their support for local ground beef producer, BPI.
Less than a day after Las Vegas officials renamed a street in honor of Guns N' Roses' first-ever residency, "Appetite For Democracy," at The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, a local commissioner says she regrets the decision.
The appetite for Tigers coverage is voracious in this town, and the media feeds it accordingly.
If you've had trouble losing weight in the past, take heart — someday soon, tamping down your appetite could be as simple as popping a stick of gum.
So here is a link, and here is an excerpt to whet your appetite.
Colorado has quite a presence in the September issue of Bon Appetit magazine.
Society's insatiable appetite for communication has brought Bloomington's 812 area code to a foreseeable end, which is why the telecommunications industry is now planni.
'Tron: Legacy' is further evidence that Hollywood is catering to a new generation of moviegoers whose appetite for video games and reality TV has changed the very nature of stardom.
The Greater Madisonville Area Chamber of Commerce is inviting everyone with a healthy appetite to join them Nov 18 as they host their second annual Gumbo Cook-off.
Appetite for imports, even with strong export growth, may pose long-term risk to economy.
Arthur Treacher 's brings old England's national snack of batter-fried fish, escorted by huge fries, to these shores to satisfy American appetites.
Appetite for new arena addition .
To build an appetite, you raked leaves in the morning, and then stuffed-out on the queso dip.
Quantum's 'Golden Dragon' satisfies adventurous appetite.

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