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

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 on the Web Those that succumb to the rapacious interests of short-sighted rulers or narrow special interests will undercut the incentives for productivity growth. Adam Tooze, The New York Review of Books, "How ‘Big Law’ Makes Big Money," 28 Jan. 2020 Channel One’s main shareholder, Boris Berezovsky, a rapacious oligarch with interests in everything from oil to automobiles, proposed that Ernst take over. Joshua Yaffa, The New Yorker, "The Kremlin’s Creative Director," 9 Dec. 2019 But the founder, John D. Rockefeller, was often seen as rapacious octopus. David Streitfeld, New York Times, "To Take Down Big Tech, They First Need to Reinvent the Law," 20 June 2019 These effects might be magnified in the U.S., with its more rapacious private-equity industry. Noah Smith, Twin Cities, "Noah Smith: There’s no reason workers can’t be corporate owners," 5 Dec. 2019 At the core of this ideology—by turns naïve, blithely rapacious, and hubristic—was the technologists’ determination to avoid being perceived as gatekeepers. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "Facebook and the “Free Speech” Excuse," 31 Oct. 2019 If the tech tycoons were already going to Esalen for ethical and spiritual guidance, then perhaps Esalen could guide them toward a less rapacious business model. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "Silicon Valley’s Crisis of Conscience," 19 Aug. 2019 China is a deep-pocketed, rapacious regime that poses a significant threat not just to American interests but to the entire civilized world. Chen Guangcheng, Twin Cities, "Chen Guangcheng: Trump has the right strategy on Beijing. As a Chinese dissident, I’d know.," 5 Sep. 2019 These abusers are like the Old Testament god Molech, lying in wait with a rapacious hunger for the sacrifice of both children’s innocence and their trust in God. Susan Codone, Twin Cities, "Susan Codone: Protestants must step up efforts to stop sexual abuse in churches," 28 Aug. 2019

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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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16 Feb 2020

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“Rapacious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapaciously. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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