Veracious vs. Voracious

How to use "veracious" and "voracious" correctly

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Veracious means “truthful”—it shares the root ver with words like verify and verdict. In everyday English, you’re more likely to come across voracious, which means “extremely hungry; ravenous or insatiable” in both a literal and a figurative sense:

veracious claims supported by evidence

a voracious predator
a voracious reader

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