Definition of rapacious
1 : excessively grasping or covetous
2 : living on prey
3 : ravenous a rapacious appetite
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
Recent Examples of rapacious from the Web
Are mute swans rapacious destroyers of wetlands, or unfairly demonized because they’re not native to this area?
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Origin and Etymology of rapacious
Latin rapac-, rapax, from rapere to seize — more at rapid
First Known Use: 1651
Synonym Discussion of rapacious
RAPACIOUS Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of rapacious for English Language Learners
: always wanting more money, possessions, etc. : wanting more than is needed or deserved
RAPACIOUS Defined for Kids
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