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Meaning of 'rapacious' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Rapacious [ a.]
- Given to plunder; disposed or accustomed to seize by violence; seizing by force.
- Accustomed to seize food; subsisting on prey, or animals seized by violence; as, a tiger is a rapacious animal; a rapacious bird.
- Avaricious; grasping; extortionate; also, greedy; ravenous; voracious; as, rapacious usurers; a rapacious appetite.

Meaning of 'rapacious' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . rapacious [ s]
Meaning (1):
- living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey
Example in sentence:
  • a predatory bird;
  • a vulturine taste for offal;
  • raptorial birds;
  • ravening wolves;
  • the rapacious wolf
Meaning (2):
- devouring or craving food in great quantities
Example in sentence:
  • a rapacious appetite;
  • edacious vultures;
  • ravenous as wolves;
  • voracious sharks
Meaning (3):
- excessively greedy and grasping
Example in sentence:
  • a rapacious divorcee on the prowl;
  • paying taxes to voracious governments;
  • ravening creditors