Avidly



showing great enthusiasm for or interest in:
an avid moviegoer.
Synonyms: enthusiastic, ardent, keen; devoted, dedicated; zealous, fanatic.
Antonyms: indifferent, apathetic; reluctant.
extremely desirous (often followed by for or sometimes of):
avid for pleasure; avid of power.
Synonyms: eager; hungry, greedy, insatiable; covetous.
Antonyms: disdainful, loath.
Contemporary Examples

However, this must be the first time that Americans have submitted to it so avidly and in person on their home turf.
Brit Wits Bash America Sean Macaulay February 16, 2010

The media world is a small enclave, and word quickly spread that Desiree was avidly available.
How Desiree Landed Her Gig Sandra McElwaine August 10, 2010

Ibrahim is a short, fierce young woman in a bright headscarf and blue jeans, avidly texting on her Nokia.
Egypt’s Game Changers: Samira Ibrahim and the Women Who Speak Up About Sexual Violence Nina Burleigh January 21, 2012

Brown says his greatest joy would be to find that readers of Inferno were avidly discussing Dante.
‘Inferno’: Dan’s Brown’s Best Book Yet Malcolm Jones May 13, 2013

The Gladiator star has been avidly tweeting at Pope Francis, asking for a screening for his upcoming film Noah.
Russell Crowe Twitter Stalks The Pope To Get Noah Screening Barbie Latza Nadeau March 11, 2014

Historical Examples

“The warmth of thy garments hath a goodlier smell than myrrh, than nard,” he is saying, avidly touching her ear with his lips.
Sulamith: A Romance of Antiquity Alexandre Kuprin

Julia was avidly, yet resentfully, aware of his surreptitious admiration.
Narcissus Evelyn Scott

With wonderful quickness a crowd had collected, all avidly eager for a fight.
The Trail of ’98 Robert W. Service

She had a strange delusion that one was avidly interested in ones schoolbooks.
Atlantic Narratives Mary Antin

He dug small shelled things from under stones along the river and ate them avidly.
The Time Traders Andre Norton

adjective
very keen; enthusiastic: an avid reader
(postpositive; often foll by for or of) eager (for); desirous (of); greedy (for): avid for revenge
adj.

1769, from French avide (15c.), from Latin avidus “longing eagerly, desirous, greedy,” from avere “to desire eagerly.” Also in part a back-formation from avidity. Related: Avidly.

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