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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
References in classic literature ?
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.
"What, do you excuse him?" 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?
"Good, good!" 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.
When Marcel finally captures in a piece of writing the precious reality that, he felt, the Martinville church steeples were at once offering and hiding from him, he begins to sing with joyous relief "as though I myself were a hen and had just laid an egg." The primitive project of destroying objects by way of an orality that seeks to transform the entire world into the devourer's "system" is superseded by a mode of exchange between subject and object, perhaps best conceptualized as an impregnation.
The collection stops, wisely, at 1938, thus omitting that major unpublished work of 1939, The Prolific and the Devourer, first appearing in full in a handy little volume from the Ecco Press in 1981.
That group seeks the deep, swimming across, a hostile devourer, doing damage to its own stock, and holding the parent trunk it hangs by its beak, until at a fixed time of life the breath of life creates an animal from an inanimate mother.