- 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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2. See avaricious.
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Mayberry had no banks, however, as squalid and rapacious as mine.Daddy, How Come You’re Always Broke? Benjamin Anastas’s ‘Too Good to Be True’
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Assailing her at every turn has been her rapacious political rival, Tony Abbott.Aussie P.M. Narrowly Escapes Protest, Leaves Shoe Behind
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This his rapacious miserable master had the meanness to take from him.Journal of a Residence at Bagdad
On the other hand, the officials were inquisitorial and rapacious.The Siege of Boston
Every window was open, and from within came sounds of rapacious cleaning.The Crooked House
In the time of nidification the most feeble birds will assault the most rapacious.The Natural History of Selborne, Vol. 1
What to the rapacious landlord is the widow's last mite but a Fast-Fish?Moby Dick; or The Whale
- practising pillage or rapine
- greedy or grasping
- (of animals, esp birds) subsisting by catching living prey
C17: from Latin rapāx grasping, from rapere to seize
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Word Origin and History for rapacious
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