rapacious

[ruh-pey-shuhs]
adjective
1.
given to seizing for plunder or the satisfaction of greed.
2.
inordinately greedy; predatory; extortionate: a rapacious disposition.
3.
(of animals) subsisting by the capture of living prey; predacious.

Origin:
1645–55; < Latin rapāci- (stem of rapāx greedy, akin to rapere to seize; see rape1) + -ous

rapaciously, adverb
rapacity [ruh-pas-i-tee] , rapaciousness, noun
unrapacious, adjective
unrapaciously, adverb
unrapaciousness, noun


2. ravenous, voracious, grasping; preying. See avaricious.


2. generous.
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rapacious (rəˈpeɪʃəs)
 
adj
1.  practising pillage or rapine
2.  greedy or grasping
3.  (of animals, esp birds) subsisting by catching living prey
 
[C17: from Latin rapāx grasping, from rapere to seize]
 
ra'paciously
 
adv
 
rapacity
 
n
 
ra'paciousness
 
n

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rapacious
1650s, from L. rapaci-, stem of rapax "grasping," from rapere (see rapacity) + -ous.
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Example sentences
The oligarchs, as they were known, were rapacious sorts who jousted among
  themselves for spoils.
Many see him as a power-mad, rapacious right-wing vulgarian.
Barbarians were in awe of the empire and rapacious foreigners had not yet begun
  hammering at the door.
Insurance companies are rapacious and are not in the business of optimizing
  care.
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