rapacious


rapacious

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.

adjective

  1. practising pillage or rapine
  2. greedy or grasping
  3. (of animals, esp birds) subsisting by catching living prey
adj.

1650s, from Latin rapaci-, stem of rapax “grasping,” itself from stem of rapere “to seize” (see rapacity) + -ous. Related: Rapaciously; rapaciousness.

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