[ ruh-pey-shuhs ]
/ rəˈpeɪ ʃəs /


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

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

Related forms

Synonym study

2. See avaricious.
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British Dictionary definitions for rapacity


/ (rəˈpeɪʃəs) /


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

Derived Forms

rapaciously, adverbrapacity (rəˈpæsɪtɪ) or rapaciousness, noun

Word Origin for rapacious

C17: from Latin rapāx grasping, from rapere to seize
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