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Definition of "rapacious" []

  • Taking by force; plundering. (adjective)
  • Greedy; ravenous. See Synonyms at voracious. (adjective)
  • Subsisting on live prey. (adjective)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "rapacious" in a sentence
  • "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 that kind of rapacious passion might try reading the novels by Stephenie Meyer on which the Twilight films are based."