ra·​pac·​i·​ty | \ rə-ˈpa-sə-tē How to pronounce rapacity (audio) \

Definition of rapacity

: the quality of being rapacious

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Examples of rapacity in a Sentence

the rapacity of the Spanish conquistadors was such that they were undeterred by the very preposterousness of the legend of El Dorado
Recent Examples on the Web Some of this drama originated from plain old oil-company rapacity. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, "The Weekly Planet: What Donald Trump Taught the Electric-Car Industry," 17 Nov. 2020 Selassie and his compatriots would soon be under the heel of Benito Mussolini, whose rapacity and imperial ambitions had led to the invasion of Ethiopia two months earlier. Colin Grant, The New York Review of Books, "The Women’s War," 8 Apr. 2020 Witnessing enough scenes like these over 25 years of reviewing luxury hotels has finally caused my poker face to crack—compelling me to seek out places and spaces that consider the bigger picture and are less reckless in their natural rapacity. Juliet Kinsman, Condé Nast Traveler, "With 1.4 Billion People Traveling, It's Time to Rethink Tourism," 22 Aug. 2019 The English did not endear themselves to others by combining rapacity with seeming high-mindedness. Geoffrey Wheatcroft, New York Times, "A History of the British Empire at Its Peak," 30 Mar. 2018 The Gilded Age will keep its name, but White’s book ought to worsen its already dismal reputation for sordidness and rapacity. Sean Wilentz, New York Times, "When Corruption and Venality Were the Lifeblood of America," 19 Sep. 2017 Their allegiance was met by this unholy alliance of perfidious greed devolving rapidly into the audacity of vituperative unparalleled predatory rapacity. Fortune, "24 Facts You May Not Know About Warren Buffett," 31 Aug. 2017 Gluttony, drunkenness, sexual rapacity, vicious mistreatment of slaves. Misha Berson, The Seattle Times, "‘The Purple Swamp Hen and Other Stories’: A lively return to short fiction," 24 May 2017

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First Known Use of rapacity

1543, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of rapacity was in 1543

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“Rapacity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapacity. Accessed 18 May. 2021.

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