DEVOUR, verb transitive [Latin , to eat.]
1. To eat up; to eat with greediness; to eat ravenously, as a beast of prey, or as a hungry man.
We will say, some evil beast hath devoured him. Genesis 37:20.
In the morning, he shall devour the prey. Genesis 49:27.
2. To destroy; to consume with rapidity and violence.
I will send a fire into the house of Hazael, which shall devour the palaces of Ben-Hadad. Amos 1:4.
Famine and pestilence shall devour him. Ezekiel 7:15.
3. To destroy; to annihilate; to consume.
He seemed in swiftness to devour the way.
4. To waste; to consume; to spend in dissipation and riot.
As soon as this thy son had come, who hath devoured thy living with harlots. Luke 15:30.
5. To consume wealth and substance by fraud, oppression, or illegal exactions.
Ye devour widows houses. Matthew 23:14.
6. To destroy spiritually; to ruin the soul.
Your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour 1 Peter 5:8.
7. To slay.
The sword shall devour the young lions. Nahum 2.
8. To enjoy with avidity.
Longing they look, and gaping at the sight, devour her oer and oer with vast delight.