rapacious

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adjective ra·pa·cious \rə-ˈpā-shəs\

Definition of rapacious

  1. 1 :  excessively grasping or covetous

  2. 2 :  living on prey

  3. 3 :  ravenous <a rapacious appetite>

rapaciously

adverb

rapaciousness

noun

Examples of rapacious in a sentence

  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 and Etymology 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>.

RAPACIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

rapacious

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adjective ra·pa·cious \rə-ˈpā-shəs\

Definition of rapacious for English Language Learners

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


RAPACIOUS Defined for Kids

rapacious

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adjective ra·pa·cious \rə-ˈpā-shəs\

Definition of rapacious for Students

  1. 1 :  very greedy

  2. 2 :  predatory

rapaciously

adverb

rapaciousness

noun


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