Word of The Day for Monday, January 31, 2011


gu•los•i•ty (gyoo-LOS-i-tee)  adj

greediness; voracity; excessive appetite for food; gluttony

1490–1500; Middle English gulosite, from Anglo-French, from Late Latin gulositas, from Latin gulosus "gluttonous", from gula "gullet"

Synonyms: edacity, voracity, esurience, gluttonousness, rapaciousness, rapacity, ravenousness, voraciousness
Related Words: glutton, gullet, gullible

Sentence Examples:
• Most freedom fighters are assimilated and digested by the very establishment they fought against or as the founders of new, privileged nomenklaturas. It is then that their true nature is exposed, mired in gulosity and superciliousness as they become. -Terrorists and Freedom Fighters, Sam Vaknin

• You may surround the iron and the magnet with what enclosures and encumbrances you please,—with wood, with rubbish, with brass: it matters not, the two feel each other, they struggle restlessly toward each Other, they will be together. The iron may be a Scottish squirelet, full of gulosity and "gigmanity"; the magnet an English plebeian, and moving rag-and-dust mountain, coarse, proud, irascible, imperious; nevertheless, behold how they embrace, and inseparably cleave to one another! -Thomas Carlyle

• In the mean time, the piano is joined by a harp, in musical solicitation of the company to join the ladies in the drawing-room; they do so, looking flushed and plethoric, sink into easy-chairs, sip tea, the younger beaux turning over, with miss, Books of Beauty and Keepsakes: at eleven, coaches and cabs arrive, you take formal leave, expressing with a melancholy countenance your sense of the delightfulness of the evening, get to your chambers, and forget, over a broiled bone and a bottle of Dublin stout, in what an infernal, prosy, thankless, stone-faced, yellow-waistcoated, unsympathizing, unintellectual, selfish, stupid set you have been condemned to pass an afternoon, assisting, at the ostentatious exhibition of vulgar wealth, where gulosity has been unrelieved by one single sally of wit, humour, good-nature, humanity, or charity; where you come without a welcome, and leave without a friend. -Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine, 1843

The Storyline
Finally the dam burst and out from Anna came a wellspring of anger and recrimination. Her father was taken aback and Sara mortified. But Anna was not deterred and feasted on her own bile, even as she was surprised by her own gulosity for vituperation.

Sources: Wordnik, Merriam-Webster

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