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devour
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  • Answer, devourer I answer, heart of stone!
  • But you are so eaten up by pride and vanity, that you will end by devouring each other—that is my prophecy!

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  • Is it not enough that I am devoured, without my being expected to bless the power that devours me?
  • Is it not enough that I am devoured, without my being expected to bless the power that devours me?
  • Admit that without such perpetual devouring of one another the world cannot continue to exist, or could never have been organized—I am ever ready to confess that I cannot understand why this is so—but I’ll tell you what I DO know, for certain.
  • Malthus was a friend of humanity, but, with ill-founded moral principles, the friend of humanity is the devourer of humanity, without mentioning his pride; for, touch the vanity of one of these numberless philanthropists, and to avenge his self-esteem, he will be ready at once to set fire to the whole globe; and to tell the truth, we are all more or less like that.

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as in: devoured three sandwiches Define
eat rapidly and completely -- usually due to being very hungry
as in: devours crime novels Define
to read, listen, or watch with eager interest
as in: devoured by flames Define
to consume or destroy completely
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