Monday, February 9, 2015

veracious/voracious: Common Errors in English Usage Entry for Monday, February 9, 2015

If you are extremely hungry, you may have a “voracious” appetite (think of the O as an open mouth, ready to devour anything). “Veracious” is an unusual word meaning “truthful, honest” (think about the E in “verify”). A truthful person has “veracity.” “Voracity,” meaning “extreme appetite,” is a rare word you are unlikely to have a use for; “voraciousness” is more common.

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