devourer


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de·vour

 (dĭ-vour′)
tr.v. de·voured, de·vour·ing, de·vours
1. To eat up greedily. See Synonyms at eat.
2. To destroy, consume, or waste: Flames devoured the structure in minutes.
3. To take in eagerly: devour a novel.
4. To preoccupy or obsess in a harmful way: was devoured by jealousy.

[Middle English devouren, from Old French devourer, from Latin dēvorāre : dē-, de- + vorāre, to swallow.]

de·vour′er n.
de·vour′ing·ly adv.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.devourer - someone who eats greedily or voraciously
eater, feeder - someone who consumes food for nourishment
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And so I could not bring myself to believe that such a gallant tale had been left maimed and mutilated, and I laid the blame on Time, the devourer and destroyer of all things, that had either concealed or consumed it.
The town is immediately in an uproar; she is hunted from park to play, from court to assembly, from assembly to her own chamber, and rarely escapes a single season from the jaws of some devourer or other; for, if her friends protect her from some, it is only to deliver her over to one of their own chusing, often more disagreeable to her than any of the rest; while whole herds or flocks of other women securely, and scarce regarded, traverse the park, the play, the opera, and the assembly; and though, for the most part at least, they are at last devoured, yet for a long time do they wanton in liberty, without disturbance or controul.
cried Fouquet; "a fellow without a heart, without ideas; a devourer of wealth.
Hepzibah's final operation was with the little devourer of Jim Crow and the elephant, who now proposed to eat a camel.
To him, it should be added, as to most men before modern Science had subdued the world to human uses, the sublime aspects of Nature were mainly dreadful; the ocean, for example, seemed to him a raging 'waste of waters, wide and deep,' a mysterious and insatiate devourer of the lives of men.
My tile-maker has done his share of the work in every building going, always busy--'the devourer,' they call him in these parts.
The central and intertropical parts of the Atlantic swarm with Pteropoda, Crustacea, and Radiata, and with their devourers the flying- fish, and again with their devourers the bonitos and albicores; I presume that the numerous lower pelagic animals feed on the Infusoria, which are now known, from the researches of Ehrenberg, to abound in the open ocean: but on what, in the clear blue water, do these Infusoria subsist?
cried the calm voice of Athos, from the other side of the door, "let them just come in, these devourers of little children, and we shall see
Already almost at the inception of life they were being greeted by thousands of voracious mouths as fish and reptiles of many kinds fought to devour them, the while other and larger creatures pursued the devourers, to be, in turn, preyed upon by some other of the countless forms that inhabit the deeps of Caprona's frightful sea.
But unbeknown to Leandra, the world as it she knows it may soon cease to exist: the Devourer of Time is returning to this realm, so that he may consume all in his wake, and that is the actual reason for the Source Hunters' visit to Cyseal.
She is a fame junkie and check chaser, a devourer of any and all who stand between her and that which she craves.
When El-Saddik tried to draw their attention to the Egyptian Book of the Dead, she told both Berlusconi and Mubarak that "all those who have flouted the laws and offended those nearest to them are gobbled up by the devourer.