Definition of ventripotent in English:

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Pronunciation: /vɛnˈtrɪpət(ə)nt/


1Having a large belly.
Example sentences
  • His mind is obviously not of the finest fibre, nor his massive and ventripotent person either.
  • The great man, with his cocked hat, his ventripotent waistcoat and spreading coat-tails, looked absurdly foreshortened and distorted, like a figure in a conjuring-glass.
  • After a little, shaggy, ventripotent Pan will grow jealous, and ravish you away from me, as he stole Syrinx from her lover.
1.1Having a large appetite; gluttonous.
Example sentences
  • The ventripotent vermin were in the midst of their meal, when "our fat friend" awoke.
  • He was one of the most distinguished beer-drinkers in the Schwaben Corps, of which he had been elected, by acclaim, honorary member, after emptying a "Pope" on the challenge of one of the most ventripotent members.
  • General Savage, an elderly gourmet, a ventripotent Apicins, an epicurian Heliogabalus, very cynical, and awfully churlish, thought that the pill, despite of its gilding, was too bitter to swallow


Early 17th century: from French, from medieval Latin ventripotent-, from Latinventer 'belly' + potent- 'being powerful, being able', from the verb posse.

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