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ˈræv ə nəsrav·en·ous

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. famished, ravenous, sharp-set, starved, esurientadjective

    extremely hungry

    "they were tired and famished for food and sleep"; "a ravenous boy"; "the family was starved and ragged"; "fell into the esurient embrance of a predatory enemy"

  2. edacious, esurient, rapacious, ravening, ravenous, voracious, wolfishadjective

    devouring or craving food in great quantities

    "edacious vultures"; "a rapacious appetite"; "ravenous as wolves"; "voracious sharks"


  1. ravenousadjective

    Very hungry.

  2. ravenousadjective

    Eager for prey or gratification.

  3. Etymology: From ravineus.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Ravenousadjective

    Furiously voracious; hungry to rage.

    Etymology: from raven.

    Thy desires
    Are wolfish, bloody, starv’d and ravenous. William Shakespeare.

    As when a flock
    Of ravenous fowl, though many a league remote,
    Against the day of battle, to a field
    Where armies lie encamp’d come flying, lur’d
    With scent of living carcasses. John Milton, Paradise Lost.

    What! the kind Ismena,
    That nurs’d me, watch’d my sickness! oh she watch’d me,
    As rav’nous vultures watch the dying lion. Smith.


  1. ravenous

    Ravenous refers to being extremely hungry or having a great desire or appetite for something. It is characterized by an insatiable craving or intense eagerness.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Ravenousadjective

    devouring with rapacious eagerness; furiously voracious; hungry even to rage; as, a ravenous wolf or vulture

  2. Ravenousadjective

    eager for prey or gratification; as, a ravenous appetite or desire

  3. Etymology: [From 2d Raven.]


  1. Ravenous

    Ravenous is a 1999 horror film directed by Antonia Bird and starring Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle and Jeffrey Jones. The film revolves around cannibalism in 1840s California and some elements bear similarities to the story of the Donner Party and that of Alferd Packer. Screenwriter Ted Griffin lists Packer's story, as recounted in a couple of paragraphs of Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man, as one of his inspirations for Carlyle's character. The film's darkly humorous and ironic take on its gruesome subject matter have led some to label it a black comedy. The film's unique score by Michael Nyman and Damon Albarn generated a significant amount of attention. The film's production did not get off to a good start. Original director Milcho Manchevski left the production two weeks after shooting started. He was replaced by Bird at the suggestion of Carlyle.

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  1. Ravenous

    greedy; voracious; hungrily.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of ravenous in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of ravenous in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of ravenous in a Sentence

  1. Andrea Dworkin:

    The will to domination is a ravenous beast. There are never enough warm bodies to satiate its monstrous hunger. Once alive, this beast grows and grows, feeding on all the life around it, scouring the earth to find new sources of nourishment. This beast lives in each man who battens on female servitude.

  2. Robert Collier:

    Very few persons, comparatively, know how to Desire with sufficient intensity. They do not know what it is to feel and manifest that intense, eager, longing, craving, insistent, demanding, ravenous Desire which is akin to the persistent, insistent, ardent, overwhelming desire of the drowning man for a breath of air; of the shipwrecked or desert-lost man for a drink of water; of the famished man for bread and meat

  3. Carissa DeCramer:

    This is incredibly rare for Biscayne National Park, pythons are not aquatic animals. They can swim, which is why this python was able to make it to the platform. But they’re not regularly in open water. And they don't like salt water. RAVENOUS 14-FOOT PYTHON CAUGHT WITH 3 DEER IN ITS GUT Burmese pythons are a problematic, invasive species in Florida, and have been for years. Over 2,000 reportsof the pythons have been made in Miami-Dade County alone, and they’ve also been reported in numerous other Florida counties.

  4. Natalie Mokari:

    Ideally, you aren’t showing up to a restaurant overly hungry, it just leads to making decisions that are based more on portion size just to reregulate that hunger and get away from that sense of feeling ravenous.

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