Rapacious meaning

rə-pāshəs
Having or showing a strong or excessive desire to acquire money or possess things; greedy.
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The definition of rapacious is to want more money or possessions than needed.

An example of a rapacious person is someone who constantly tries to get more money or real estate.

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Living by killing prey, especially in large numbers.

Rapacious coyotes.

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Greedy or grasping; voracious.
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Given to taking by force or plundering; aggressively greedy.
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(of an animal, usually a bird) Subsisting off live prey.
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Taking things by force; plundering.

Rapacious pirates.

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Taking by force; plundering.
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Living on captured prey; predatory.
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Origin of rapacious

  • From Latin rapāx rapāc- from rapere to seize rep- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps from rapacity + -ous, in any case ultimately from Latin rapax (“grasping, greedy").

    From Wiktionary