Definition of rapacious in English:


Syllabification: ra·pa·cious
Pronunciation: /rəˈpāSHəs


Aggressively greedy or grasping: rapacious landlords
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  • Now there are rapacious landlords getting paid by the city to house homeless families.
  • He drew the link between control over society's resources by a small wealthy elite and this rapacious policy.
  • The economy is collapsing, because of international policies, which are rapacious and stupid.
mercenary, materialistic;
insatiable, predatory


mid 17th century: from Latin rapax, rapac- (from rapere 'to snatch') + -ious.



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  • The reality is that we are rapaciously destroying ecosystems and burning fossil fuels as if there were no tomorrow.
  • He seemed to have gained a greater self-confidence from the incredible and unexpected success of his book and he capitalized on it rapaciously.
  • Automobile transport is used wastefully, rapaciously.


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  • Both stories exemplify the rapaciousness that is the norm in our money-obsessed culture.
  • His narrative is one of unmitigated Spanish rapaciousness and violence and Indian innocence and moral purity.
  • So you'd think it would be sheltered from their rapaciousness.

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