rapacious

adjective ra·pa·cious \ rə-ˈpā-shəs \
Updated on: 8 Nov 2017

Definition of rapacious

1 : excessively grasping or covetous
2 : living on prey
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

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Origin and Etymology of rapacious

Latin rapac-, rapax, from rapere to seize — more at rapid

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

adjective

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

adjective ra·pa·cious \ rə-ˈpā-shəs \

Definition of rapacious for Students

1 : very greedy
2 : predatory

rapaciously

adverb

rapaciousness

noun


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