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rapacious

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of rapacious

  1. 1 having a huge appetite nothing livens things up like a whole team of rapacious basketball players descending upon the pizza parlor Synonyms of rapacious edacious, esurient, gluttonous, greedy, hoggish, piggish, voracious, ravenous, swinishWords Related to rapacious hearty, wolfish; devouring, gobbling, gorging, gormandizing, gulping; insatiable, unquenchable, unslakable; empty, famished, hungry, peckish [chiefly British], starved, starving; malnourished, underfed, undernourishedNear Antonyms of rapacious content, full, glutted, sated, satiated, satisfied, stuffed

  2. 2 living by killing and eating other animals rapacious mammals, such as coyotes, foxes, and bobcats Synonyms of rapacious predaceous (or predacious), predatory, raptorialWords Related to rapacious carnivorous; aggressive, deadly, ferocious, fierce, savage, violent; untamed, wildNear Antonyms of rapacious herbivorous, vegetarian; gentle, submissive, tame

  3. 3 having or marked by an eager and often selfish desire especially for material possessions rapacious plunderers who despoiled the tombs in the ancient pyramids Synonyms of rapacious acquisitive, avaricious, avid, coveting, covetous, grabby, grasping, mercenary, moneygrubbing, greedyWords Related to rapacious commercialistic, materialistic, philistine; desirous, eager, itchy, lickerish, miserly; hoggish, piggish, piggy, swinish; devouring, gluttonous, gobbling, insatiable, ravenous, unquenchable, voracious; egocentric, egoistic (also egoistical), egotistic (or egotistical), self-centered, self-seeking; discontent, discontented, malcontent, unsatisfied; begrudging, grudging, resentfulNear Antonyms of rapacious nonmaterialistic; altruistic, bounteous, bountiful, charitable, freehanded, generous, greathearted, handsome, liberal, magnanimous, munificent, openhanded, openhearted, selfless, unselfish, unsparing; controlled, moderate, restrained, temperate; content, sated, satisfied

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


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