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APPETITE

The spontaneous movement of a faculty to a good, naturally suitable to itself, or away from something evil to it. When the movement is toward an object, the appetite is called concupiscible and corresponds to desire; when movement is away from an object, it is irascible and becomes some form of resistance. (Etym. Latin appetitus,a striving, desire.)

All items in this dictionary are from Fr. John Hardon's Modern Catholic Dictionary, © Eternal Life. Used with permission.

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