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rapacious

[ ruh-pey-shuhs ]
/ rəˈpeɪ ʃəs /
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Definition of rapacious

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

First recorded in 1645–55; from Latin rapāci- (stem of rapāx “greedy,” akin to rapere “to seize”; see rape1) + -ous

synonym study for rapacious

2. See avaricious.

OTHER WORDS FROM rapacious

ra·pa·cious·ly, adverbra·pac·i·ty [ruh-pas-i-tee], /rəˈpæs ɪ ti/, ra·pa·cious·ness, nounun·ra·pa·cious, adjectiveun·ra·pa·cious·ly, adverb
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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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