- given to seizing for plunder or the satisfaction of greed.
- inordinately greedy; predatory; extortionate: a rapacious disposition.
- (of animals) subsisting by the capture of living prey; predacious.
Origin of rapacious
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Examples from the Web for rapacity
Even as we cheer for her stamina, we shrink from her rapacity.Brecht's Mercenary Mother Courage Turns 75
September 10, 2014
His eyes shone with rapacity and hope; he became confidential.Nostromo: A Tale of the Seaboard
Her folly and rapacity will sooner or later have their effect.Memoirs of the Court of George IV. 1820-1830 (Vol 1)
Duke of Buckingham and Chandos
"I don't know that rapacity is confined to trade," admitted Annie.A Houseful of Girls
And the Spaniard here, who has been driven out for his cruelty and rapacity.A Little Girl in Old Detroit
Amanda Minnie Douglas
With the rapacity Kidd had the cruelty of his odious calling.The History of England from the Accession of James II.
Thomas Babington Macaulay
- practising pillage or rapine
- greedy or grasping
- (of animals, esp birds) subsisting by catching living prey
Word Origin and History for rapacity
1540s, from Middle French rapacité (16c.), from Latin rapacitatem (nominative rapacitas) "greediness," from rapax (genitive rapacis) "grasping, plundering," from rapere "seize" (see rapid).