rapacious

adjective
ra·​pa·​cious | \ rə-ˈpā-shəs How to pronounce rapacious (audio) \

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

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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

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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
Recent Examples on the Web But, because of special-interest infighting pitting insurers and consumer advocates against physicians and private equity firms, Congress has serially failed to ban this rapacious practice, which can drown patients in unanticipated medical debt. Arkansas Online, "OPINION | OTHERS SAY: Chance at progress," 21 Dec. 2020 The Western idea of a nation-state presupposes a kind of relationship between the government and the governed that is often absent in postcolonial, multiethnic countries dominated by rapacious elites. John Campbell, Quartz Africa, "A former ambassador says the US needs to reimagine its engagement with a modern Nigeria," 3 Dec. 2020 Feeding this rapacious appetite is profitable but hard: most of the ore closest to the Earth’s surface is tapped, and rich stores are scarce. Emily Bobrow, WSJ, "‘Oak Flat’ and ‘Ghostways’ Review: The Spirit of Place," 20 Nov. 2020 On the other hand, the Italian pictures at the Louvre represent the long-standing to-ings and fro-ings of art in European culture, a practice both loving and violently rapacious. Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker, "In Love with the Louvre," 19 Oct. 2020 According to American leaders such as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, China will be a rapacious authoritarian nightmare, intent on destroying democracy itself. Michael Schuman, The Atlantic, "The Future of Chinese Power," 5 Oct. 2020 Hygienic, as all the juicy, rapacious bits go unmentioned. Brian T. Allen, National Review, "The Best Museum in the World," 3 Oct. 2020 One measure of the mounting discontent with the rapacious inequality that defines American society is the number of people who have warmed to the ideas of socialism and the redistributive economics at their core. Keeanga-yamahtta Taylor, The New Yorker, "The Case for Ending the Supreme Court as We Know It," 25 Sep. 2020 Big Pharma is far from perfect—for example, there may be outlier companies that have charged rapacious prices on drugs. Albert Ko, Fortune, "On COVID-19 vaccines, Big Pharma knows to just say ‘no’," 11 Sep. 2020

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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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The first known use of rapacious was in 1651

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“Rapacious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapacious. Accessed 28 Jan. 2021.

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rapacious

adjective
How to pronounce rapacious (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of rapacious

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

rapacious

adjective
ra·​pa·​cious | \ rə-ˈpā-shəs How to pronounce rapacious (audio) \

Kids Definition of rapacious

1 : very greedy

Other Words from rapacious

rapaciously adverb
rapaciousness noun

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