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Meaning of RAPACIOUS

Pronunciation:  ru'peyshus

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

RAPACIOUS is a 9 letter word that starts with R.

 

 Synonyms: acquisitive, aggressive, edacious, esurient, gluttonous, predatory, raptorial, ravening, ravenous, voracious, vulturine, vulturous, wolfish
 

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
\Rapa"cious\, a. [L. rapax, -acis, from rapere to
seize and carry off, to snatch away. See {Rapid}.]
1. Given to plunder; disposed or accustomed to seize by
   violence; seizing by force. `` The downfall of the
   rapacious and licentious Knights Templar.'' --Motley.

2. Accustomed to seize food; subsisting on prey, or animals
   seized by violence; as, a tiger is a rapacious animal; a
   rapacious bird.

3. Avaricious; grasping; extortionate; also, greedy;
   ravenous; voracious; as, rapacious usurers; a rapacious
   appetite.

         [Thy Lord] redeem thee from Death's rapacious claim
                                               --Milton.

Syn: Greedy; grasping; ravenous; voracious. --
     {Ra*pa"cious*ly}, adv. -- {Ra*pa"cious*ness}, n.

 

 

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