Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day for August 16, 2019 is:
satiate • SAY-shee-ayt • verb
: to satisfy (a need, a desire, etc.) fully or to excess
After eating three pieces of pie and one of cake at the potluck, Jamie’s sweet tooth was finally satiated.
“While the battles between Shazam and his arch enemy Thaddeus Sivana … will satiate superhero fans, the emotional center of the movie is the Philadelphia foster family that embraces Billy.” — Brian Truitt, USA Today, 3 Apr. 2019
Did you know?
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, “The strong scent of the flowers cloyed her.” Pall emphasizes the loss of ability to stimulate interest or appetite—for example, “A life of leisure eventually began to pall.” Glut implies excess in feeding or supplying, as in “a market glutted with diet books,” and gorge suggests glutting to the point of bursting or choking, “They gorged themselves with chocolate.”