One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Devouring everything.‘a plague of locusts, biblical in its all-devouring horror’
eating a mixed diet, eating a varied diet, able to eat anythingView synonyms
- ‘London bowed down before the all-devouring fire as before an idol.’
- ‘Milton represents the insatiable and all-devouring character of Death, by the image of ravenous hunger.’
- ‘The state as an abstract entity took on bodily form and was revealed, in the world wars of the 20th century, to be an all-devouring monster.’
- ‘The true Messiah, when he came, delivered man from the dominion of social compulsion, and from all-devouring time itself.’
- ‘In the late 1830s, the violence of the rhetorical attacks on the "over-grown and all-devouring capitalists" had sent a collective shiver of fear through the ranks of "the owners of property".’
- 1.1 Completely filling one's mind and attention; all-consuming.‘an all-devouring ambition for leadership’
- ‘He felt an all-devouring thirst.’
- ‘I've experienced two emotions that are equally impossible to describe: happiness to have called him my friend and the overwhelming, all-devouring sense of loss.’
- ‘Never did I experience such an all-devouring passion for a theme as on that occasion.’
- ‘If there is a criticism to be made of some of his earlier work it is that his all-devouring reading occasionally led to clogged expression.’
- ‘There is nothing worse or more tedious than those - professionals or amateurs - for whom archaeology is an all-devouring obsession.’
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