One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Greed in eating; gluttony.
greed, greediness, overeating, overconsumption, binge eating, gourmandism, gourmandizing, gluttonousness, voraciousness, voracity, wolfishness, insatiabilityView synonyms
- ‘I have heard him, upon other occasions, talk with great contempt of people who were anxious to gratify their palates; and the 206th number of his Rambler is a masterly essay against gulosity.’
- ‘Rabelais continually returns to the indolence and gulosity of the friars.’
- ‘Understand well how much the flesh in this lapsed state is our enemy; and how much gulosity doth strengthen it against us.’
- ‘Each man grabbed his share with avidity, and there and then devoured it with such gulosity that, in less than half an hour after its death, only the hoofs remained.’
- ‘He would dart out his tongue right and left, as rapidly as lightning, and lap up the ants in quick succession, with the most laudable gulosity.’
Late 15th century: from Latin gulositas (from gulosus ‘gluttonous’) + -ity.
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