rapacious

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj rapacious devouring or craving food in great quantities "edacious vultures","a rapacious appetite","ravenous as wolves","voracious sharks"
    • adj rapacious excessively greedy and grasping "a rapacious divorcee on the prowl","ravening creditors","paying taxes to voracious governments"
    • adj rapacious living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey "a predatory bird","the rapacious wolf","raptorial birds","ravening wolves","a vulturine taste for offal"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rapacious Accustomed to seize food; subsisting on prey, or animals seized by violence; as, a tiger is a rapacious animal; a rapacious bird.
    • Rapacious Avaricious; grasping; extortionate; also, greedy; ravenous; voracious; as, rapacious usurers; a rapacious appetite. "Thy Lord] redeem thee quite from Death's rapacious claim"
    • Rapacious Given to plunder; disposed or accustomed to seize by violence; seizing by force. "The downfall of the rapacious and licentious Knights Templar."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • rapacious Of a grasping habit or disposition; given to seizing for plunder or the satisfaction of greed, or obtaining wrongfully or by extortion; predatory; extortionate: as, a rapacious usurer; specifically, of animals, subsisting by capture of living prey; raptorial; predaceous: as, rapacious birds or fishes.
    • rapacious Of a grasping nature or character; characterized by rapacity; immoderately exacting; extortionate: as, a rapacious disposition; rapacious demands.
    • rapacious Synonyms Rapacious, Ravenous, Voracious. Rapacious, literally disposed to seize, may note, as the others do not, a distinctive characteristic of certain classes of animals; the tiger is a rapacious animal, but often not ravenous or voracious. Ravenous implies hunger of an extreme sort, shown in eagerness to eat. Voracious means that one eats or is disposed to eat a great deal, without reference to the degree of hunger: a glutton is voracious. Samuel Johnson tended to be a voracious eater, because in his early life he had often gone hungry till be was ravenous.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Rapacious ra-pā′shus seizing by violence: given to plunder: ravenous: greedy of gain
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. rapax, -acis, from rapere, to seize and carry off, to snatch away. See Rapid
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. rapax, rapacisrapĕre, raptum, to seize and carry off.

Usage

In literature:

Malta is one of the remarkable instances in which we may trace a kind of penalty on the rapaciousness of the Republic.
"Blackwoods Edinburgh Magazine, Volume 59, No. 366, April, 1846" by Various
He was not inclined to be rapacious.
"The Strange Cases of Dr. Stanchon" by Josephine Daskam Bacon
The rapacious king laid his rough hand on the treasures of the house in 1538, and Edward VI.
"Old and New London" by Walter Thornbury
He was haughty and cruel, rapacious and given to luxury; he was neither a general nor an administrator.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 6, Slice 3" by Various
The French might also learn to be a little less rapacious to women and the English to be a little more honest.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 24 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
They are hypocrites, rapacious and cruel; on this account they abominate love.
"Sónnica" by Vicente Blasco Ibáñez
No doubt we get our revenge, if we live long enough and are sufficiently rapacious to take it!
"Captain Macedoine's Daughter" by William McFee
He was savage and rapacious, courageous and bitter.
"Turning Point" by Alfred Coppel
The most rapacious among them is said to be the "Episcopus," as only one of them can be found in a See.
"Punch - Volume 25 (Jul-Dec 1853)" by Various
No; the truth must be that he was afraid that if she were his wife she would expose the insolence and the rapaciousness of his mother.
"Roman Women" by Alfred Brittain
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In poetry:

That Source from which, meandering down,
A thousand streamlets circle now;
For then the monarch's glorious crown
But girt the most rapacious brow.
"The Progress Of The Rose" by Denis Florence MacCarthy
As a vulture rapacious, in falsehood a fox,
Inconstant as waves, and unfeeling as rocks!
As a tiger ferocious, perverse as a hog,
In mischief an ape, and in fawning a dog.
""From the man whom I love, though my heart I disguise,"" by Tobias Smollett
Time, the extortioner, from richest beauty
Takes heavy toll and wrings rapacious duty.
Austere of feature if thou carve thy rhyme,
Perchance 'twill pay the lesser tax to Time.
"Epigrams" by William Watson

In news:

Like the rapacious Audrey II in "Little Shop of Horrors," some of the easiest-to-grow houseplants can devour what's bad for you.
FOR as long as multinational companies have existed—and some historians trace them back to banking under the Knights Templar in 1135—they have been derided by their critics as rapacious rich-world beasts.
Rapacious Researchers Steal Secrets.
Rapacious Grows Destroy Habitat, Undo Restoration Work – January 29, 2012.
NO one comes out well in the sorry tale of the late princess, the butler, the royal family and the rapacious news media.
Rapacious capitalists ain't what they used to be.
Published in 1974, The Power Broker traced Moses's journey from idealistic reformer to rapacious autocrat.
Sarah's frail body, once so vivacious and spry, was failing, fading away—sucked of its verve and substance by a fierce internal rapacious monster: Ewing's sarcoma, bone cancer.
Rapacious Grows Destroy Habitat, Undo Restoration Work – January 29, 2012.
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