rapaciousness

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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