Vulturism

Definitions

  • Dumas walks along the dockside with the vulture on a leash
    Dumas walks along the dockside with the vulture on a leash
  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Vulturism The quality or state of being like a vulture; rapaciousness.
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Additional illustrations & photos:

The vulture in his tub The vulture in his tub

Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In Miami, Florida, roosting vultures have taken to snatching poodles from rooftop patios
    • n vulturism Vulturine character or quality; rapacity.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: For hundreds of years, the people of Poona, India, have disposed of their dead by carrying the corpses to the top of a tower and letting the vultures eat them.
    • ns Vulturism rapacity
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Quotations

  • Malcolm Muggeridge
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    “Civilization -- a heap of rubble scavenged by scrawny English Lit. vultures.”
  • Amy Lowell
    Amy Lowell
    “Hate is ravening vulture beaks descending on a place of skulls.”

Idioms

Vultures are circling - If the vultures are circling, then something is in danger and its enemies are getting ready for the kill.
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Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. voutour (Fr. vautour)—L. vultur; perh. from vellĕre, to pluck, to tear.

Usage

In literature:

Church and State are two vultures that have fed upon the heart of chained Prometheus.
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll, Volume I" by Robert Green Ingersoll
It is a strange fact that gold is the carrion that draws all of the vultures.
"The Young Engineers in Arizona" by H. Irving Hancock
Fair blew the breeze, and freshly curled the waters; and Gertrude did not feel the vulture that had fixed its talons within her breast.
"The Pilgrims Of The Rhine" by Edward Bulwer-Lytton
They possess all the elements of vagabonds, dead-beats, falsifiers, beggars, vultures, hyenas and jackals!
"Lectures of Col. R. G. Ingersoll - Latest" by Robert Green Ingersoll
The vultures had consumed all the flesh of the oryx, and likewise torn my blanket with which I had covered her.
"Forest and Frontiers" by Roualeyn Gordon-Cumming
The vulture has also been discribed.
"The Journals of Lewis and Clark" by Meriwether Lewis and William Clark
You supposed Don Caesar to be a sucking dove, and he is going to turn out to be a vulture for us.
"Cæsar or Nothing" by Pío Baroja Baroja
These touts is most like vultures of anything I know; you've just got to work your stunt to give 'em the go-by, that's all.
"Thoroughbreds" by W. A. Fraser
Shrieking and crashing, the vulture-forces of destruction sweep upon it.
"The Coryston Family" by Mrs. Humphry Ward
Night lingered in the temple, a black, brooding vulture.
"It Happened in Egypt" by C. N. Williamson
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In poetry:

"When first my eyes on Hero glanc'd,
One vulture he had slain:
The second scar'd as I advanced,
Flew off in fearful pain."
"The Hermit's Dog" by William Hayley
You begged the vulture, not the worm,
Might feed upon your empty corse.
In vain! Just Nemesis was firm
'Gainst late remorse.
"Off Mesolongi" by Alfred Austin
"He lick'd my hand, by me carest,
But him with grief I saw
Half famish'd, and his gallant breast
Gor'd by the vulture's claw!"
"The Hermit's Dog" by William Hayley
"Him, as their prey, two vultures seek,
With ravenous rage abhorr'd;
But Hero guarded from their beak,
The visage of his lord!"
"The Hermit's Dog" by William Hayley
Nathan, 'tis woeful doing
When kings are vultures amid caresses:
But when they're caresses amid the vultures
'Tis ten times worse.
"Nathan The Wise - Act I" by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Our refuge when the spoiler's hand
Was heavy on our native land;
And freedom, to her children due,
The wolf and vulture only knew.
"Hymn of The Dunkers" by John Greenleaf Whittier

In news:

The gathering formerly known as Vulture Fest now highlights a variety of Virginia wildlife, particularly birds.
This week's Culture Vultures recommend.
Carat's research found Gordon's consumers to be culture vultures, so Carat's strategy focused on creating a new media channel in theatres.
Vulture fund NML Capital's profit quest could push Argentina to default.
Vultures Circling Corpse of American Airlines.
Forget Them Crooked Vultures, Audioslave and Chickenfoot.
Chris Cornell interviewed by Vulture.com.
Seth Colter Walls is a critic and reporter who has written for Slate, The New Yorker 's Culture Desk, and Vulture.
The vultures crucial to their rapid disposal have largely disappeared .
And it is estimated that 90 to 96 percent of India's vultures have already disappeared .
Michael Bush will remain a TD vulture, but both Forte and Bush look like solid plays against the Jaguars in Week 5.
Properly called vultures, they're regulars in local skies.
The vulture 's in the care of a wildlife rehabilitation center and is expected to recover in the next few months.
Because they are the antithesis of cute and cuddly, vultures may seem an odd choice for their very own day.
Va's Vulture Fest now includes all wild birds.
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In science:

From a user’s point of view, lack of coherence results in semantic drift, e.g. en:Pipeline and en:Vulture are connected by a series of interlanguage links which are supposed to model equivalence (cf.
Scale-free topology of the interlanguage links in Wikipedia
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