• WordNet 3.6
    • n rapaciousness an excessive desire for wealth (usually in large amounts) "the greediness of lawyers"
    • n rapaciousness extreme gluttony
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rapaciousness The character of being rapacious; inclination to seize violently or unjustly.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Rapaciousness the quality of being rapacious: ravenousness: extortion
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. rapax, rapacisrapĕre, raptum, to seize and carry off.


In literature:

The officials appointed by the Directors were as needy and rapacious as their chiefs.
"The French Revolution" by R. M. Johnston
Every window was open, and from within came sounds of rapacious cleaning.
"The Crooked House" by Brandon Fleming
A cabman could not have made the complaint with a more finished accent of rapacious disgust.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
Deliver me from this rapacious deep!
"Endymion" by John Keats
The father, rushing down the bank, plunged after the rapacious beast, which was diving away with its victim.
"The Western World" by W.H.G. Kingston
The larva when full-grown is about two inches long, and is quite the most rapacious creature which lives in our waters.
"Amateur Fish Culture" by Charles Edward Walker
We have suffered from three generations of self seeking and rapacious rulers.
"A Son of the Immortals" by Louis Tracy
The rapacious soldiers raged through the buildings, rending from them everything of value which the fire had left untouched.
"Historic Tales, Volume 11 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
Take a fair and noble mistress, one younger, less rapacious.
"A German Pompadour" by Marie Hay
It will be observed that even the Hawk, rapacious as he undoubtedly is, is a useful bird.
"Birds Illustrated by Color Photography [May, 1897]" by Various

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.