August 10, 2013
satiate (verb)
\SAY-shee-ayt\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to satisfy (as a need or desire) fully or to excess
How do you use it?
The appetites of the banquet guests were satiated by the time the dessert course was served.
Are you a word wiz?

Which one of these words do you think is a synonym of "satiate"?

The truly satisfying answer is A. "Satiate" implies an excess of a good thing that has destroyed interest or desire. ("Years of globe-trotting satiated their urge to travel.") "Gorge" suggests feeding or supplying to the point of bursting or choking. ("They gorged themselves with chocolate.") "Cloy," another synonym, stresses disgust or boredom resulting from too much of something. ("Too many sentimental pictures were cloying to museum visitors.") There is also "pall," which emphasizes loss of the ability to arouse interest or appetite. ("His life of leisure began to pall after a while.")
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