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RAPACIOUS

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does rapacious mean? 

RAPACIOUS (adjective)
  The adjective RAPACIOUS has 3 senses:

1. living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey
2. excessively greedy and grasping
3. devouring or craving food in great quantities

  Familiarity information: RAPACIOUS used as an adjective is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


RAPACIOUS (adjective)


Sense 1rapacious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Living by preying on other animals especially by catching living prey

Synonyms:

rapacious; ravening; vulturine; vulturous; predatory; raptorial

Context examples:

a predatory bird / the rapacious wolf / raptorial birds / ravening wolves / a vulturine taste for offal

Similar:

aggressive (having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends)


Sense 2rapacious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Excessively greedy and grasping

Synonyms:

voracious; ravening; rapacious

Context examples:

a rapacious divorcee on the prowl / ravening creditors / paying taxes to voracious governments

Similar:

acquisitive (eager to acquire and possess things especially material possessions or ideas)


Sense 3rapacious [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Devouring or craving food in great quantities

Synonyms:

edacious; ravenous; voracious; wolfish; esurient; rapacious; ravening

Context examples:

edacious vultures / a rapacious appetite / ravenous as wolves / voracious sharks

Similar:

gluttonous (given to excess in consumption of especially food or drink)


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