devour

[ dih-vou-uh r, -vou-er ]SEE DEFINITION OF devour
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The maddened flames leaped and crackled as if to devour him.

In this region there are whole nations of cannibals, who devour their captives.

Beneath his wheedling air there was the determination to devour everything.

Eager, hungry breath it was, like that of hounds seeking to devour him.

The wolf, that runs away from a lion, will devour a lamb the next moment.

And I snatched her hand; and, more than kissed it, I was ready to devour it.

He has gone now, but he is sure to return and devour us as well.

The latter bared his teeth, stretched out his claws, and was about to devour him.

On the earth our tiger-beast will devour your sheep and your ox.

Run with open eyes into the mouth of that destruction that gapes to devour thee!

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., from Old French devorer (12c.) "devour, swallow up, engulf," from Latin devorare "swallow down, accept eagerly," from de- "down" (see de-) + vorare "to swallow" (see voracity). Related: Devoured; devouring.

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