• WordNet 3.6
    • n rapacity reprehensible acquisitiveness; insatiable desire for wealth (personified as one of the deadly sins)
    • n rapacity extreme gluttony
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Rapacity The act or practice of extorting or exacting by oppressive injustice; exorbitant greediness of gain. "The rapacity of some ages."
    • Rapacity The quality of being rapacious; rapaciousness; ravenousness; as, the rapacity of pirates; the rapacity of wolves.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n rapacity The character of being rapacious; the exercise of a rapacious or predaceous disposition; the act or practice of seizing by force, as plunder or prey, or of obtaining by extortion or chicanery, as unjust gains: as, the rapacity of pirates, of usurers, or of wild beasts.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Rapacity the quality of being rapacious: ravenousness: extortion
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. rapacitas,: cf. F. rapacité,. See Rapacious
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. rapax, rapacisrapĕre, raptum, to seize and carry off.


In literature:

No imputation of rapacity could justly lie against his administration.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part E. From Charles I. to Cromwell" by David Hume
Justly or unjustly, in olden times the Deal boatmen were accused of rapacity.
"Heroes of the Goodwin Sands" by Thomas Stanley Treanor
This is one of the truths which sloth, rapacity and extravagance are slow to learn, yet which they cannot safely ignore.
"Glances at Europe" by Horace Greeley
Thence spring rapacity and venality, and sensuality.
"A Practical View of the Prevailing Religious System of Professed Christians, in the Middle and Higher Classes in this Country, Contrasted with Real Christianity." by William Wilberforce
I have stripped the veil from these hypocrites and exposed to all the world their soulless rapacity.
"Frenzied Finance" by Thomas W. Lawson
It was near midnight before their rapacity was satisfied.
"Peak's Island" by Ford Paul
His rapacity disgusted even an age in which every one could be bought and sold.
"Encyclopaedia Britannica, 11th Edition, Volume 3, Part 1, Slice 2" by Various
Even his own rapacity had not thought to hold up Burroughs for such a sum.
"A Man of Two Countries" by Alice Harriman
Why should his innocent loved ones be the victims of a villain's rapacity?
"Treasure Valley" by Marian Keith
The greedy rapacity with which Charles II.
"Sir Henry Morgan, Buccaneer" by Cyrus Townsend Brady
His expression, however, was petulant and haughty and it contained more than a suggestion of rapacity and evil.
"Astounding Stories of Super-Science, March 1930" by Various
A tacit alliance is established between rapacity on the one hand and social sexual hypocrisy on the other.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
In this whole matter of "getting a living," Calvin was a great contrast to the rapacity of the age in which he lived.
"Lords of the Housetops" by Various
Under its standard gather violence, malignity, rage, fraud, rapacity, and lust.
"Prize Orations of the Intercollegiate Peace Association" by Intercollegiate Peace Association
In the first place, the district of Zips, the first sacrifice to Austrian rapacity, came under consideration.
"The Great Events by Famous Historians, v. 13" by Various
He was deputy-governor of Virginia (1617-9), and was accused of many acts of rapacity and tyranny.
"The New Gresham Encyclopedia. Vol. 1 Part 2" by Various
But what are gravity and decorum, if sustained by an inflated pride and inordinate rapacity?
"Mercedes of Castile" by J. Fenimore Cooper
Principal hotels humbly proffer pension at ten marks a day, and proprietors are accused of rapacity by their fellow-countrymen.
"Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 93., October 1, 1887" by Various
A governor from Rome ruled the new colony with absolute sway, and often with unbounded rapacity.
"The Works of Daniel Webster, Volume 1" by Daniel Webster
It will be more easy to satisfy the rapacity of one than of many.
"The Journal of the Debates in the Convention which framed the Constitution of the United States, Volume II (of 2)" by James Madison

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Noomi Rapace avoided adopting Colin Farrell's accent .
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Noomi Rapace In The Girl Who Played With Fire, Rated R Grade: B+.
The absence of Noomi Rapace is painfully felt in the American remake of 'Dragon Tattoo'.
Noomi Rapace as Elizabeth Shaw and Michael Fassbender as David, an android, in Ridley Scott's new film, Prometheus.
FOX From left, Charlie (Logan Marshall-Green), Elizabeth (Noomi Rapace) and David (Michael Fassbender) explore a strange, lifeless moon in " Prometheus ," due out June 8.
' Prometheus ' actress Noomi Rapace (center) is game, but isn't given much to do.
Logan Marshall-Green, from left, Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender in " Prometheus ".
Logan Marshall-Green, Noomi Rapace and Michael Fassbender in Prometheus (20th Century).
Logan Marshall-Green, Noomi Rapace, and Michael Fassbender puzzle out the meaning of an alien civilization's artifacts in " Prometheus ".
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