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appetence n : a feeling of craving something; "an appetite for life"; "the object of life is to satisfy as many appetencies as possible"- Granville Hicks [syn: appetite, appetency]

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French appétence, from Latin appetentia, from appetere ‘seek after’, from ad + petere ‘seek’.


IPA: /'æpɪtəns/


  1. the state or action of desiring or craving
    1974: They had assumed the wild sweet freedom of jacking off in their inviolable privacy. Their appetence became resilient with repetition. (Davenport, Tatlin!)
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