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meaning :

  1. (of animals) subsisting by the capture of living prey; predacious;
  2. given to taking by force or plundering; aggressively greedy;
  3. aggressively greedy or grasping;
  4. (of an animal, usually a bird) subsisting off live prey;

use : The use of this term for animals other than birds is dated.

origin :  Perhaps from rapacity + -ous, in any case ultimately from Latin rapax ‎(“grasping, greedy”).

examples :

  1. He drew the link between control over society’s resources by a small wealthy elite and this rapacious policy.
  2. The jury found it easier to see her as the rapacious sinner than as the beautiful blue-eyed saint.
  3. The economy is collapsing, because of international policies, which are rapacious and stupid.
  4. On the other hand, the officials were inquisitorial and rapacious.

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October 24, 2015

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