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Below you will find the definition of rapacious, followed by 39 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - excessively greedy and grasping
EXAMPLES - Rapacious in a Sentence
- That's the sound of a formerly benign partner become a rapacious predator. (source)
- MR. LOCKHART: Jake's going to tell me what "rapacious" means -- no, I know what it means. (source)
- You are not dewy-eyed jingoists stuck in some 19th century need for rapacious nationalism. (source)
- The ruins of the resort are now covered in rapacious island vegetation creeping in from the jungle. (source)
- He is described as a rapacious monopolist who built his empire on cozy ties to Mexican presidents .... " (source)
- Others will be "rapacious," engaging in a vicious competition to seize and exploit new star systems first. (source)
- Their focus was solely on consolidating the Hindus, who had become effete in their view, against the "rapacious" (source)
- The people of Zimbabwe deserve a future free of intimidation, free of poverty and free of a rapacious government. (source)
- Skolkovo's main chance of success is that its businesses will be protected from rapacious state bureaucrats and police. (source)
- The desire to consummate deals is "rapacious" in med-tech, according to Phil Nalbone, an analyst with WedBush Securities. (source)
- Retaining the individual mandate and giving people nowhere to go except the existing rapacious providers is completely insane. (source)
- The pharmaceutical companies have also proven that they too are rapacious in their desire for the hard-earned money of Americans. (source)
- But the day after they got their handouts, they hired hundreds of rapacious K Streeters to undermine banking reform legislation attempts. (source)
- The selfish and emotionally rapacious do not redeem themselves, while the innocent retreat, buffeted, to any place of safety they can find. (source)
- Men wanting to inspire that kind of rapacious passion might try reading the novels by Stephenie Meyer on which the Twilight films are based. (source)
- Earp might just as plausibly be seen as nothing more than a mercenary thug enforcing the will of the town's most rapacious business interests. (source)
- Note that ObambiCare has now been reduced to an increase in the number of health insurance policies sold by that greedy and rapacious industry. (source)
- Tamar Singer, a freelance anesthesiologist who received several of the letters, calls the city "rapacious" and has stopped working and shopping there. (source)
- He again clashed with Disney leadership in 2003 when he resigned from the board of directors and accused "rapacious" top management of "always looking for the (source)
- If so, it might be a combination of "rapacious" and "audacious" or "radically" and "rapacious," all of which would accurately capture the sentiment of the passage. (source)
- Health insurance companies are "rapacious," Rockefeller said, pointing to industry practices such as rescinding policies or jacking up premiums when people get sick. (source)
- The cotton boom came and went, Alexandria turned unbearable again, and both the greedy foreign bankers and the rapacious pashas were undone by their inordinate ambition. (source)
- Cameron's Conservatism isn't remotely Thatcherite, and doesn't revolve around personal prosperity, any kind of rapacious entrepreneurial spirit or the cult of the individual. (source)
- Oh, and allowing the wasting body of our diminishing industrial base to be picked over by rapacious foreign competitors, and its workers replaced by cut price east European and far eastern labour. (source)
- This is paired with Come Fly With Me 11:30/10:30c, a mockumentary satire about rapacious airlines and hectic airports from the chameleon comics Matt Lucas and David Walliams of Little Britain fame. (source)
- And what's most interesting is how these rapacious wolves are eating their own; anyone not a card-carrying member of the far right wing has been purged (see Bob Bennett, Charlie Crist, Trey Grayson). (source)
- To anyone paying an ounce of attention, it is clear that the occupiers have taken to the streets to protest our rapacious financial system, severe income disparity, and corporate control of our government. (source)
- Others pushing the overhaul of the health care system representing nearly 20 percent of our economy refer to the insurers as "rapacious" profiteers making "immoral" and "obscene" profits while "the bodies pile up." (source)
- Under Hosni Mubarak, the thinking goes, Egypt's economy has stagnated and rapacious elites have grabbed a disproportionate share of national income, while Beijing is delivering opportunity and prosperity to its citizens. (source)
- Burgess is leading the charge on ordinance and other council members are following like sheep, but infinitely more damage has been done to Seattle by the rapacious greed of the financial industry than that by panhandlers. (source)
- You could be a part of forfeiting the last chance this country has had in decades to get it right, and handing the country back to the worst of the Republicans - the repugnant, rapacious, amoral, scorched-earth, shameless GOP. (source)
- A rapacious reader, Beck defends his decision to give prominence to "evil" books like The Coming Insurrection (2009, MIT Press), written anonymously by a group of French radicals, who postulate the coming implosion of capitalism. (source)
- It causes me great pain to think that this sensitive and brilliant young writer, who had a ringside seat for the grotesque rape of the body politic in 1990s Russia by rapacious private oligarchs, is sickened by what he sees in the USA now! (source)
- In real life, a global catastrophe is treated like a mere annoyance, mismanaged by a rapacious oil company, while drill-baby-drillers double down on their folly and the White House puts out defensive fact sheets about how they were on it from "day one." (source)
- The centerpiece of Friday's event, a new report by MIT economist David Autor, did a commendable job of relating the polarization of job opportunities and contraction of the middle class to the feeble state of the America's public education system, but it glossed over the key role played by rapacious financial titans. (source)
- 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. (source)
- 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. (source)
- The party's inability to deliver compounded by the government's repeated failure to respond to Tamil grievances and police sponsored pogroms spawned increased Tamil militancy and the beginnings of armed insurrection in 1978 with the most aggressive competing Tamil group, the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam, led by its cultish and rapacious leader Velupillai Prabhakaran, holding sway. (source)
- On April 22, the National Security Subcommittee of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held a hearing to look into allegations that the U.S. military contributed to corruption in Kyrgyzstan by signing a contract to buy hundreds of millions of dollars worth of aviation fuel from a company that then subcontracted with firms alleged to have been fronts for Bakiyev's rapacious son, Maxim. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 39 example sentences provided below is 40.0, which suggests that "rapacious" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 12 synonyms for rapacious.
avaricious, ferocious, furious, greedy, marauding, murderous, predatory, preying, ravening, ravenous, savage, voracious
We have 1 antonym for rapacious.
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of rapacious from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Taking by force; plundering.
- (adjective) Greedy; ravenous. See Synonyms at voracious.
- (adjective) Subsisting on live prey.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Voracious; avaricious.
- (adjective) Given to taking by force or plundering.
- (adjective) Subsisting off live prey.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Given to plunder; disposed or accustomed to seize by violence; seizing by force.
- (adjective) Accustomed to seize food; subsisting on prey, or animals seized by violence
- (adjective) Avaricious; grasping; extortionate; also, greedy; ravenous; voracious
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) 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.
- (None) Of a grasping nature or character; characterized by rapacity; immoderately exacting; extortionate: as, a rapacious disposition; rapacious demands.
- (None) 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.
- (adjective) excessively greedy and grasping
- (adjective) devouring or craving food in great quantities
- (adjective) living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey