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1archaic Thirsty.‘… he always thought that God in his goodness had created the plant to give drink to such as were athirst on a hot and toilsome march and so he looked with gratitude and admiration on its representative in Canada.’‘I took also a handful of dried apples, most of which I gave to Shagg, for I was still athirst despite the cold, and could not swallow them.’thirsty, dehydrated, dry
- 1.1Very eager to get something.‘she was athirst for news’
eager, keen, avid, longing, yearning, pining, aching, greedy, thirsting, with an appetite
- ‘He believed that the respect in which these journals were held by a reading public athirst for good commentary would cause a very undesirable public indignation in the event of their suppression.’
- ‘Baxter's life was a sermon, demonstrating, explaining, and applying the text, ‘my soul is athirst for God’.’
- ‘You are probably athirst with romantic desire.’
- 1.1Very eager to get something.
Old English ofthyrst, shortened from ofthyrsted, past participle of ofthyrstan ‘be thirsty’.
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