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rapacious

adjective ra·pa·cious \rə-ˈpā-shəs\

: always wanting more money, possessions, etc. : wanting more than is needed or deserved

Full Definition of RAPACIOUS

1
:  excessively grasping or covetous
2
:  living on prey
3
:  ravenous <a rapacious appetite>
ra·pa·cious·ly adverb
ra·pa·cious·ness noun

Examples of RAPACIOUS

  1. <nothing livens things up like a whole team of rapacious basketball players descending upon the pizza parlor>
  2. <rapacious mammals, such as coyotes, foxes, and bobcats>

Origin of RAPACIOUS

Latin rapac-, rapax, from rapere to seize — more at rapid
First Known Use: 1651

Synonym Discussion of RAPACIOUS

voracious, gluttonous, ravenous, rapacious mean excessively greedy. voracious applies especially to habitual gorging with food or drink <teenagers are often voracious eaters>. gluttonous applies to one who delights in eating or acquiring things especially beyond the point of necessity or satiety <an admiral who was gluttonous for glory>. ravenous implies excessive hunger and suggests violent or grasping methods of dealing with food or with whatever satisfies an appetite <a nation with a ravenous lust for territorial expansion>. rapacious often suggests excessive and utterly selfish acquisitiveness or avarice <rapacious developers indifferent to environmental concerns>.
RAPACIOUSNESS Defined for Kids

rapacious

adjective ra·pa·cious \rə-ˈpā-shəs\

Definition of RAPACIOUS for Kids

1
:  very greedy
2
:  predatory
ra·pa·cious·ly adverb
ra·pa·cious·ness noun

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