rapacious

adjective
ra·​pa·​cious | \rə-ˈpā-shəs \

Definition of rapacious 

1 : excessively grasping or covetous

2 : living on prey

3 : ravenous a rapacious appetite

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Other Words from rapacious

rapaciously adverb
rapaciousness noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of rapacious in a Sentence

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

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Why can’t Facebook stop its rapacious march into everybody else’s business by stealing ideas? Eric Johnson, Recode, "Full Q&A: Casey Newton and Louie Swisher on the 300th episode of Recode Decode," 2 Dec. 2018 All these things sort of converged: the joblessness, the rapacious behavior of big pharma, Purdue Pharma in particular. Hope Reese, Vox, "The author of Dopesick on how we’re still failing opioid users," 14 Aug. 2018 In Russia, Boris Yeltsin’s inability to halt his country’s precipitous economic decline or the rapacious raiding of resources by oligarchs eased Putin’s power grab. Sheri Berman, New York Times, "Can It Happen Here? Madeleine Albright Examines Fascism Then and Now," 20 Apr. 2018 But Saarinen finessed the problem rather like corporate architects today finesse the problem of housing large, impersonal, often rapacious organizations in buildings that suggests transparency, openness and idealism. Philip Kennicott, kansascity, "St. Louis’ Gateway Arch emerges with new name, skeptical view of western expansion," 3 July 2018 But Saarinen finessed the problem rather like corporate architects today finesse the problem of housing large, impersonal, often rapacious organizations in buildings that suggests transparency, openness and idealism. Philip Kennicott, kansascity, "St. Louis’ Gateway Arch emerges with new name, skeptical view of western expansion," 3 July 2018 But Saarinen finessed the problem rather like corporate architects today finesse the problem of housing large, impersonal, often rapacious organizations in buildings that suggests transparency, openness and idealism. Philip Kennicott, kansascity, "St. Louis’ Gateway Arch emerges with new name, skeptical view of western expansion," 3 July 2018 But Saarinen finessed the problem rather like corporate architects today finesse the problem of housing large, impersonal, often rapacious organizations in buildings that suggests transparency, openness and idealism. Philip Kennicott, kansascity, "St. Louis’ Gateway Arch emerges with new name, skeptical view of western expansion," 3 July 2018 Look, China is rapacious all around the world, not just to us. Fox News, "Rep. Tom Cole on the impact of tariffs on US farmers," 6 July 2018

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First Known Use of rapacious

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rapacious

Latin rapac-, rapax, from rapere to seize — more at rapid

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rapacious

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of rapacious

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

rapacious

adjective
ra·​pa·​cious | \rə-ˈpā-shəs \

Kids Definition of rapacious

1 : very greedy

2 : predatory

Other Words from rapacious

rapaciously adverb
rapaciousness noun

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