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Words of the day — satiate

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January 25, 2013

Word of the Day

  • satiate
  • audio pronunciation
  • \SAY-shee-ayt\


: to satisfy (as a need or desire) fully or to excess

After eating three pieces of pie and one of cake at the potluck, Jamie's sweet tooth was finally satiated.

"Consequently, I have to satiate my craving for Louisiana citrus at Hollygrove Market and Farm or the Crescent City Farmers Market in Mid-City where locally grown fruits and vegetables abound. If you haven't treated yourself to a market visit lately, do." — From an article by Melinda Shelton in the Times-Picayune (New Orleans), October 31, 2012


"Satiate," "sate," "surfeit," "cloy," "pall," "glut," and "gorge" all mean to fill to repletion. "Satiate" and "sate" sometimes imply only complete satisfaction but more often suggest repletion that has destroyed interest or desire, as in "Years of globe-trotting had satiated their interest in travel" and "Readers were sated with sensationalistic stories." "Surfeit" implies a nauseating repletion, as in "They surfeited themselves with junk food," while "cloy" stresses the disgust or boredom resulting from such surfeiting, as in "The sentimental pictures cloyed after a while." "Pall" emphasizes the loss of ability to stimulate interest or appetite: "A life of leisure eventually began to pall." "Glut" implies excess in feeding or supplying, as in "a market glutted with diet books." "Gorge" suggests glutting to the point of bursting or choking, as in "They gorged themselves with chocolate."

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