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

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

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Recent Examples on the Web Calling out activist investors, seen by many as the most rapacious of capitalists and not a bunch of ESG sissies, nicely illustrates just how complicated this topological space is. Robert G. Eccles, Forbes, 3 June 2022 And nonprofits can behave just as poorly as any rapacious robber baron. Darius Tahir, Fortune, 18 May 2022 But few think those goals can be reached without curbing rapacious cattle ranching. Washington Post, 29 Apr. 2022 Unprincipled and rapacious people at the top won’t act differently because of a theoretical system. Erik Sherman, Forbes, 27 Oct. 2021 Jenkins’ twin sun in this universe of brutality and grift is Daniel Hersl (Josh Charles), whose reputation as a rapacious bruiser precedes him. Joshua Alston, Variety, 22 Apr. 2022 But at some point, the United States needs to also decide what is more important—supporting Ukraine against its rapacious and authoritarian neighbor or ensuing a more stable and predictable relationship with Moscow. Michael A. Cohen, The New Republic, 8 Dec. 2021 But, with the U.S. government turned over to a leader with a transparently chaotic, transactional, and rapacious nature, the show met the national mood. Rebecca Mead, The New Yorker, 23 Aug. 2021 Celebrity worship in 2022 comes freighted with rapacious consumerism, everyone pitching their own brand. Darren Franich, EW.com, 29 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of rapacious

1651, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for rapacious

Latin rapāc-, rapāx "given to seizing or catching things (as prey), carrying away, excessively grasping" (from rapere "to seize and carry off" + -āc-, -āx, deverbal suffix denoting habitual or successful performance) + -ious — more at rapid entry 1, audacious

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“Rapacious.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapacious. Accessed 6 Jul. 2022.

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

Kids Definition of rapacious

1 : very greedy
2 : predatory

Other Words from rapacious

rapaciously adverb
rapaciousness noun

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