rapacious

rapacious
I adjective avaricious, avidus, cormorant, depredatory, devouring, grasping, greedy, insatiable, insatiate, living on prey, lupine, marauding, pillaging, piratical, plundering, predacious, predatory, preying, rapax, ravening, ravenous, voracious, vulturine, vulturous, wolfish II index confiscatory, insatiable, larcenous, mercenary, predatory

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  • Rapacious — Ra*pa cious (r[.a]*p[=a] sh[u^]s), a. [L. rapax, acis, from rapere to seize and carry off, to snatch away. See {Rapid}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Given to plunder; disposed or accustomed to seize by violence; seizing by force. The downfall of the… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • rapacious — (adj.) 1650s, from L. rapaci , stem of rapax grasping, from rapere (see RAPACITY (Cf. rapacity)) + OUS (Cf. ous). Related: Rapaciously; rapaciousness …   Etymology dictionary

  • rapacious — ravening, ravenous, gluttonous, *voracious Analogous words: ferocious, *fierce: greedy, grasping, *covetous …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • rapacious — [adj] plundering avaricious, ferocious, furious, greedy, marauding, murderous, predatory, preying, ravening, ravenous, savage, voracious; concepts 326,403,406,542 …   New thesaurus

  • rapacious — ► ADJECTIVE ▪ aggressively greedy. DERIVATIVES rapaciously adverb rapaciousness noun rapacity noun. ORIGIN from Latin rapax, from rapere to snatch …   English terms dictionary

  • rapacious — [rə pā′shəs] adj. [< L rapax (gen. rapacis) < rapere, to seize (see RAPE1) + OUS] 1. taking by force; plundering 2. greedy or grasping; voracious 3. living on captured prey; predatory rapaciously adv. rapacity [rə pas′ə …   English World dictionary

  • rapacious — [[t]rəpe͟ɪʃəs[/t]] ADJ GRADED: usu ADJ n (disapproval) If you describe a person or their behaviour as rapacious, you disapprove of their greedy or selfish behaviour. [FORMAL] He had a rapacious appetite for bird s nest soup... The oil fields have …   English dictionary

  • rapacious — adjective /rəˈpeɪ.ʃəs/ a) Voracious; avaricious. To presume a want of motives for such contests [of power between states] as an argument against their existence, would be to forget that men are ambitious, vindictive, and rapacious. b) Given to… …   Wiktionary

  • rapacious — ra|pa|cious [ rə peıʃəs ] adjective VERY FORMAL never satisfied until you have taken everything that you can take: Rapacious developers soon bought up the land. rapacious appetites ╾ ra|pa|cious|ly adverb ╾ ra|pa|cious|ness noun uncount ╾… …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • rapacious — UK [rəˈpeɪʃəs] / US adjective very formal never satisfied until you have taken everything that you can take Rapacious developers soon bought up the land. rapacious appetites Derived words: rapaciously adverb rapaciousness noun uncountable… …   English dictionary

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