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 McCann recounts a particularly rapacious industry on Macquarie Island, which today is marked by a layer of soil bristling with avian bones. Lucy Jakub, Harper's magazine, "A View to a Krill," 2 Mar. 2020 How can a nation built on genocide, slavery, and rapacious capitalism still promote itself as the land of opportunity? Kristin Iversen, refinery29.com, "Bernie Sanders Showed Us The Future Is About More Than Just Survival," 9 Apr. 2020 Amazon can be a rapacious monopoly and also the most reliable way to get light bulbs in a time of crisis. Andrew Marantz, The New Yorker, "What the Coronavirus Crisis Has Changed About Social Media, and What It Hasn’t Changed," 26 Mar. 2020 The reasons for the manumea’s disappearance in Samoa are less rapacious: The bird is no longer deliberately hunted, but killed unintentionally. J. B. Mackinnon, The Atlantic, "The Rich Meals That Keep Wild Animals on the Menu," 19 Mar. 2020 Nice thought; but reality intrudes when someone swaps out Ennis Fultz’s oxygen supply for a tank of nitrogen, killing that real-estate mogul and clearing the way for some even more rapacious land-grabbers to move in. Marilyn Stasio, New York Times, "Murders Most Foul," 6 Mar. 2020 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

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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 1 Jun. 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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