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synonyms for ravening

  • devouring
  • esurient
  • gluttonous
  • greedy
  • hoggish
  • insatiable
  • rapacious
  • ravenous
  • unappeasable
  • empty
  • hollow
  • hungering
  • starved
  • could eat a horse
  • dog-hungry
  • flying light
  • having the munchies
  • hungry
  • ravenous
  • starved to death
  • voracious
  • greedy
  • marauding
  • rapacious
  • voracious
  • bloodthirsty
  • carnivorous
  • depredatory
  • despoiling
  • hungry
  • hunting
  • plundering
  • predacious
  • predative
  • preying
  • raptorial
  • ravaging
  • thieving
  • vulturine
  • vulturous
  • wolfish
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What is another word for ravening?

Ravening can mean about the same thing as ravenous—extremely hungry or famished—but the words often have different shades of meaning. See the next section for an explanation of the differences.

A prime synonym for ravening is voracious, which implies craving or eating a great deal of food, as in a voracious appetite or The kids were voracious after the hike. 

The word starving is often used as a synonym for very hungry or famished, but many people avoid it so as to avoid insensitive comparisons to those experiencing literal starvation.

Ravening can also be used figuratively outside of the context of food. This sense of the word can mean greedy or even predatory in the pursuit of things that are desired, such as money or knowledge.

A strong synonym for this sense is rapacious.

A person who has a ravening appetite—literally or figuratively—could be described as insatiable.

The word ravening is also sometimes used as a noun. Synonyms for this sense include ravenousness and voraciousness. Both of these can be used figuratively outside the context of food. This is how the similar word rapacity is always used.

What’s the difference between ravening vs. ravenous?

What are antonyms (opposites) of ravening?

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How to use ravening in a sentence

A vast mountain of green water lifted up its bulk and fell upon us in a ravening cataract.
UNCANNY TALESVARIOUS
Beware of false prophets, who come to you in the clothing of sheep, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
THE BIBLE, DOUAY-RHEIMS VERSIONVARIOUS
At one o'clock the four elder ones would be upon her, ravening.
MARY GRAYKATHARINE TYNAN
Ravening beasts and poisonous reptiles lurk in those abodes of the riches and the poverty that are no longer known to our life.
A TRAVELER FROM ALTRURIA: ROMANCEWILLIAM DEAN HOWELLS
We are no hounds of heaven, nor ravening band Of earthly wolves to tear your kingdom down.
RAEMAEKERS' CARTOONSLOUIS RAEMAEKERS
His bravery in battle is the bravery of a ravening wolf, of a blood-drunk savage animal.
RAEMAEKERS' CARTOONSLOUIS RAEMAEKERS
A hundred brawny arms, accustomed to wield the broad axe, had lent their aid to rear the mighty pile and feed the ravening flame.
THE WILD MAN OF THE WESTR.M. BALLANTYNE
Her princes in the midst thereof are like wolves ravening the prey, to shed blood and to destroy souls, to get dishonest gain.
THE PROPHET EZEKIELARNO C. GAEBELEIN
Angus Jones kept the rope taut as if by his single effort the ravening beast was alone restrained.
WHERE THE PAVEMENT ENDSJOHN RUSSELL
It filled him with resentment to think that those ravening marauders had come into the country.
THE BACKWOODSMENCHARLES G. D. ROBERTS
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OCTOBER 26, 1985
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WORDS RELATED TO RAVENING

  • devouring
  • esurient
  • gluttonous
  • greedy
  • hoggish
  • insatiable
  • rapacious
  • ravening
  • ravenous
  • unappeasable
Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.