Word of the Day – Appetency

By April 22, 2018Word of the Day

Appetency (noun) (archaic)

ap-et-en-see

A longing or desire.

Early 17th century: from Latin appetentia, from appetere ‘seek after’ (see appetite).

Example sentences

“I never settled in, my appetency for misbehaviour was too much for them.”

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Word of the Day – Plethora

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Word of the Day – Uliginous

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Word of the Day – Nothingburger

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Word of the Day – Susurration

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Word of the Day – Minarchy

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Word of the Day – Fricative

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