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n. pl. ap·pe·ten·cies
1. A strong craving or desire: "He spoke in words shot through with appetency as storm clouds are pierced with lightning" (Christopher John Farley).
2. A natural propensity or affinity.

[Latin appetentia, from appetēns, appetent-, present participle of appetere, to strive after; see appetite.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.appetency - a feeling of craving somethingappetency - a feeling of craving something; "an appetite for life"; "the object of life is to satisfy as many appetencies as possible"- Granville Hicks
craving - an intense desire for some particular thing
stomach - an appetite for food; "exercise gave him a good stomach for dinner"
sweet tooth - a strong appetite for sweet food


A strong wanting of what promises enjoyment or pleasure:
References in classic literature ?
For some months I had been ill in health, but was now convalescent, and, with returning strength, found myself in one of those happy moods which are so precisely the converse of ennui - moods of the keenest appetency, when the film from the mental vision departs - the "PL> 0 BDT ,B­,L - and the intellect, electrified, surpasses as greatly its every-day condition, as does the vivid yet candid reason of Leibnitz, the mad and flimsy rhetoric of Gorgias.
For by his inner light the righteous man has discerned a manner of compounding for it a dressing to the appetency whereof a multitude of gustible condiments conspire, being reconciled and ameliorated with profusion of oil, the entire comestible making glad the heart of the godly and causing his face to shine.
Two human beings are like globes, which can touch only in a point, and whilst they remain in contact, all other points of each of the spheres are inert; their turn must also come, and the longer a particular union lasts the more energy of appetency the parts not in union acquire.
He equates the virtues that perfect sensitive appetency, such as temperance and fortitude, with the ordered pursuit of one's own good.
We proposed that the increased adenosine promotes the appetency of sleep and thus functions as a homeostatic sleep modulator.