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

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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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