Share this entry

Share this page

all-devouring

Line breaks: all-devour¦ing

Definition of all-devouring in English:

adjective

1Devouring everything: a plague of locusts, biblical in its all-devouring horror
More example sentences
  • Milton represents the insatiable and all-devouring character of Death, by the image of ravenous hunger.
  • London bowed down before the all-devouring fire as before an idol.
  • The true Messiah, when he came, delivered man from the dominion of social compulsion, and from all-devouring time itself.
1.1Completely filling one’s mind and attention; all-consuming: an all-devouring ambition for leadership
More example sentences
  • He felt an all-devouring thirst.
  • Never did I experience such an all-devouring passion for a theme as on that occasion.
  • I've experienced two emotions that are equally impossible to describe: happiness to have called him my friend and the overwhelming, all-devouring sense of loss.

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day cumbersome
Pronunciation: ˈkʌmbəs(ə)m
adjective
large or heavy and therefore difficult to carry…