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rapacious

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1 having a huge appetite

  • nothing livens things up like a whole team of rapacious basketball players descending upon the pizza parlor
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2 living by killing and eating other animals

  • rapacious mammals, such as coyotes, foxes, and bobcats
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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


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