Rapacious Ra*pa"cious (r[.a]*p[=a]"sh[u^]s), a. [L. rapax, -acis, from rapere to seize and carry off, to snatch away. See {Rapid}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Given to plunder; disposed or accustomed to seize by violence; seizing by force. `` The downfall of the rapacious and licentious Knights Templar.'' --Motley. [1913 Webster]

2. Accustomed to seize food; subsisting on prey, or animals seized by violence; as, a tiger is a rapacious animal; a rapacious bird. [1913 Webster]

3. Avaricious; grasping; extortionate; also, greedy; ravenous; voracious; as, rapacious usurers; a rapacious appetite. [1913 Webster]

[Thy Lord] redeem thee quite from Death's rapacious claim --Milton. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Greedy; grasping; ravenous; voracious. [1913 Webster] -- {Ra*pa"cious*ly}, adv. -- {Ra*pa"cious*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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