Voracious describes someone super hungry, like a zombie or a wolf. A voracious appetite makes you want to eat a whole cake. Veracious (with an “e”) means truthful, as in a veracious first president who cannot tell a lie.

Voracious is spelled with an “o” for an open mouth or the hole in your stomach you’re trying to fill if you have a voracious appetite. It’s used to describe appetites, but not always for food — a voracious reader devours books by reading one after the other. Here are some unrelenting examples:

The fish are such voracious eaters that they have crowded out other species and disrupted ecosystems. — Wall Street Journal

A voracious reader, he became a self-educated art historian and a well-informed generalist whose knowledge awed his friends, including well-known artists. — New York Times

The more formal word veracious comes from the Latin root verus for “truth.” You might recognize that root in words like verify “to show something’s true,” or verisimilitude for “seeming true to life.” Veracious means truthful, so a veracious author, for example, is one who tells the truth. Here are more examples:

This interesting, although not very veracious author, gives the following account of the process. — J.G. Millingen

I ought to have bought up all sorts of memories, and written the most veracious novel the world has seen. — Israel Zangwill

If you had to hang out with either a voracious person or a veracious one, choose the veracious, or truthful, one. The voracious one would definitely eat all of your French fries, and your brains if you hang out with zombies.