from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Taking by force; plundering.
- adj. Greedy; ravenous. See Synonyms at voracious.
- adj. Subsisting on live prey.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Voracious; avaricious.
- adj. Given to taking by force or plundering.
- adj. Subsisting off live prey.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Given to plunder; disposed or accustomed to seize by violence; seizing by force.
- adj. Accustomed to seize food; subsisting on prey, or animals seized by violence
- adj. Avaricious; grasping; extortionate; also, greedy; ravenous; voracious
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of a grasping habit or disposition; given to seizing for plunder or the satisfaction of greed, or obtaining wrongfully or by extortion; predatory; extortionate: as, a rapacious usurer; specifically, of animals, subsisting by capture of living prey; raptorial; predaceous: as, rapacious birds or fishes.
- Of a grasping nature or character; characterized by rapacity; immoderately exacting; extortionate: as, a rapacious disposition; rapacious demands.
- Synonyms Rapacious, Ravenous, Voracious. Rapacious, literally disposed to seize, may note, as the others do not, a distinctive characteristic of certain classes of animals; the tiger is a rapacious animal, but often not ravenous or voracious. Ravenous implies hunger of an extreme sort, shown in eagerness to eat. Voracious means that one eats or is disposed to eat a great deal, without reference to the degree of hunger: a glutton is voracious. Samuel Johnson tended to be a voracious eater, because in his early life he had often gone hungry till be was ravenous.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. excessively greedy and grasping
- adj. devouring or craving food in great quantities
- adj. living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey
The ruins of the resort are now covered in rapacious island vegetation creeping in from the jungle.
Historically, Third World countries have been at the mercy of Western monetary policy, including what many call the rapacious banking ideology perpetrated by the “World Bank.”
Men wanting to inspire the kind of rapacious passion Edward does might try reading the Twilight novels.
Men wanting to inspire that kind of rapacious passion might try reading the novels by Stephenie Meyer on which the Twilight films are based.
They don't like the public being reminded that it was GOP stalwart Phil Graham's crusade for the dismantling of the Glass-Steagall Act, that was put in place after the Great Depression to protect the financial system from this kind of rapacious Republicanism, that was, in large part, the hole in the greed dam that put the economy where it is today.
Others will be "rapacious," engaging in a vicious competition to seize and exploit new star systems first.
Tamar Singer, a freelance anesthesiologist who received several of the letters, calls the city "rapacious" and has stopped working and shopping there.
MR. LOCKHART: Jake's going to tell me what "rapacious" means -- no, I know what it means.
He denounces "rapacious usury," and says that it was "more than once condemned by the Church," conveniently overlooking the fact that the _usuria_, which was condemned, was not only "rapacious" but was all taking of money for the use of money, all interest on loans -- a condemnation which, if insisted upon by the Church to-day, would soon empty her sanctuaries.
The desire to consummate deals is "rapacious" in med-tech, according to Phil Nalbone, an analyst with WedBush Securities.