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rapacious

[ ruh-pey-shuhs ]
/ rəˈpeɪ ʃəs /
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adjective
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.
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Origin of rapacious

1645–55; <Latin rapāci- (stem of rapāx greedy, akin to rapere to seize; see rape1) + -ous

synonym study for rapacious

2. See avaricious.

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British Dictionary definitions for rapacious

rapacious
/ (rəˈpeɪʃəs) /

adjective
practising pillage or rapine
greedy or grasping
(of animals, esp birds) subsisting by catching living prey

Derived forms of rapacious

rapaciously, adverbrapacity (rəˈpæsɪtɪ) or rapaciousness, noun

Word Origin for rapacious

C17: from Latin rapāx grasping, from rapere to seize
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