rapacity

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

Definition of rapacity

: the quality of being rapacious

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 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, 23 Apr. 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, 23 Apr. 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, 23 Apr. 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, 23 Apr. 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, 23 Apr. 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, 23 Apr. 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, 23 Apr. 2020 Some of this drama originated from plain old oil-company rapacity. Robinson Meyer, The Atlantic, 17 Nov. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of rapacity

1543, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for rapacity

borrowed from Middle French & Latin; Middle French rapacité, borrowed from Latin rapācitāt-, rapācitās, from rapāc-, rapāx "given to seizing or catching things (as prey), rapacious" + -itāt- -itās -ity

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“Rapacity.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/rapacity. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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