avidity


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a·vid·i·ty

 (ə-vĭd′ĭ-tē)
n. pl. a·vid·i·ties
1. Keen interest or enthusiasm: an avidity for sightseeing.
2. Strong desire or craving: an insatiable avidity for power.
3. See affinity.

avidity

(əˈvɪdɪtɪ)
n
1. the quality or state of being avid
2.
a. eagerness
b. greed; avarice
3. (Chemistry) chem
a. the strength of an acid or base in proportion to its degree of dissociation
b. another term for affinity6b
4. (Biochemistry) immunol a measure of antigen-to-antibody binding, based on the rate of formation of the complex
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.avidity - a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with somethingavidity - a positive feeling of wanting to push ahead with something
enthusiasm - a feeling of excitement
ardor, ardour, elan, zeal - a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause); "they were imbued with a revolutionary ardor"; "he felt a kind of religious zeal"

avidity

noun
1. The quality or condition of being voracious:
2. Excessive desire for more than one needs or deserves:
Informal: grabbiness.
Translations
تَوق شَديد، شَره إلى
dychtivost
begærlighedivrighed
græîgi, ákafi

avidity

[əˈvɪdɪtɪ] Navidez f

avidity

n no pl (liter)
(= desire, eagerness)Begierde f(for nach); (pej)Gier f(for nach); with aviditybegierig, gierig
(= keenness)Begeisterung f; (of supporter)Eifer m

avidity

[əˈvɪdɪtɪ] navidità

avid

(ˈӕvid) adjective
eager. avid for information; an avid reader.
ˈavidly adverb
aˈvidity noun
References in classic literature ?
So one night the Successful Man of Business left his hand out of his neighbour's pocket, and the Thief took it with avidity.
Immense profits were thus made by the early traders, and the traffic was pursued with avidity.
You must know, then, that the above-named gentleman whenever he was at leisure (which was mostly all the year round) gave himself up to reading books of chivalry with such ardour and avidity that he almost entirely neglected the pursuit of his field-sports, and even the management of his property; and to such a pitch did his eagerness and infatuation go that he sold many an acre of tillageland to buy books of chivalry to read, and brought home as many of them as he could get.
After having passed by the cage of the staircase that led to the platform, I saw a cabin six feet long, in which Conseil and Ned Land, enchanted with their repast, were devouring it with avidity. Then a door opened into a kitchen nine feet long, situated between the large store-rooms.
And the worst of it was that there was no ransom that we could pay to satisfy his avidity; for whatever evil is wrought by the raiding East Wind, it is done only to spite his kingly brother of the West.
"But one thing that has been, unfortunately, proven true, is, the ferocity of these tribes, who are really very fond of human flesh, and devour it with avidity."
It seizes with avidity upon any incidents, surprising or mysterious, in the career of those who have at all distinguished themselves from their fellows, and invents a legend to which it then attaches a fanatical belief.
Hunger for the moment overcame the little Prince's fears, and he set to with avidity upon the strange, rough fare, made doubly coarse by the rude utensils and the bare surroundings, so unlike the royal magnificence of his palace apartments.
On the bridge of the steamer, in the midst of the crowd, he bustled to and fro, never still for a moment, "dragging his anchors," as the sailors say, gesticulating, making free with everybody, biting his nails with nervous avidity. He was one of those originals which nature sometimes invents in the freak of a moment, and of which she then breaks the mould.
Wanton avidity, bilious envy, careworn revenge, populace-pride: all these struck mine eye.
Occasionally other trials than those of the Old Bailey would be included in the package of books we received from London; among these my husband found and read with avidity:--
Their refusal would be too plausible a pretext to the complaining States to withhold their contributions, not to be embraced with avidity; and the non-compliance of these States with their engagements would be a ground of bitter discussion and altercation.