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predatory, rapacious, raptorial, ravening, vulturine, vulturousadjective
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"
rapacious, ravening, voraciousadjective
excessively greedy and grasping
"a rapacious divorcee on the prowl"; "ravening creditors"; "paying taxes to voracious governments"
edacious, esurient, rapacious, ravening, ravenous, voracious, wolfishadjective
devouring or craving food in great quantities
"edacious vultures"; "a rapacious appetite"; "ravenous as wolves"; "voracious sharks"
Given to taking by force or plundering.
Subsisting off live prey.
Etymology: Perhaps from rapacity + -ous, in any case ultimately from rapax.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Given to plunder; seizing by violence.
Etymology: rapace, Fr. rapax, Lat.
Well may thy Lord, appeas’d,
Redeem thee quite from death’s rapacious claim. John Milton.
Shall this prize,
Soon heighten’d by the diamond’s circling rays,
On that rapacious hand for ever blaze? Alexander Pope.
given to plunder; disposed or accustomed to seize by violence; seizing by force
accustomed to seize food; subsisting on prey, or animals seized by violence; as, a tiger is a rapacious animal; a rapacious bird
avaricious; grasping; extortionate; also, greedy; ravenous; voracious; as, rapacious usurers; a rapacious appetite
Chambers 20th Century Dictionary
ra-pā′shus, adj. seizing by violence: given to plunder: ravenous: greedy of gain.—n. Rapā′ces, the beasts and birds of prey.—adv. Rapā′ciously.—ns. Rapā′ciousness, Rapac′ity, the quality of being rapacious: ravenousness: extortion. [L. rapax, rapacis—rapĕre, raptum, to seize and carry off.]
predatory; capturing and eating prey.
The numerical value of rapacious in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of rapacious in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4
Examples of rapacious in a Sentence
War is a profession by which a man cannot live honorably; an employment by which the soldier, if he would reap any profit, is obliged to be false, rapacious, and cruel.
We felt like paid sick time off was an important omissionand not an especially rapacious ask, because of the 60 vote threshold in the Senate, we also know who likely cast a token vote in our favor yesterday because they knew they were insolated from its passage. There was buffer room there for certain politicians who have never supportedour cause before to get a ‘freebie’ there, but railroaders are not dumb. We see that kind of deception everyday from our bosses on the railroad; we don't fall for that.
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- αρπακτικός, άπληστοςGreek
- codicioso, rapazSpanish
- ahne, saaliinhimoinenFinnish
- grabežljiv, gramziv, pohlepan, lakomSerbo-Croatian
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