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Anonymous asked in Society & CultureLanguages · 6 months ago

What is the difference between "eating" and "devouring" in this context?

1. She wanted to eat him up

2. She wanted to devour him whole

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago
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    Eating up is a bit more sedate. It implies savoring every bite. To devour literally means "to swallow down," presumably without even chewing. The main difference would be that eating is more about enjoying, while devouring is more about rapid ingestion and ultimate possession of someone, in a hurry.

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  • Anonymous
    6 months ago

    In your figurative example there is not much difference. In general "devour" has a connotation of eating a huge amount ("he devoured a two-pound steak and two baked potatoes") or force or violence ("the lion devoured its prey"). You would not say "I devoured lunch at 11:30 today."

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  • Mark
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    6 months ago

    "Devour" implies "shoveling" food into one's mouth (eating very sloppily, like an animal). "Eat up" is more polite. The same distrinction exists in German, except int's "fressen" vs "essen".

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